According to Hoodle, Bale “might have a big say” against Chelsea and he thinks Mourinho is keeping the Tottenham star “up his sleeve” ahead of the London derby.
Glen Hoodle believes that the Portuguese will drop the Welshman when he takes his side to Stanford Bridge at the weekend.
He has appeared in six games across all competitions and scored one goal, but he has yet to start a Premier League game under Mourinho.
Mourinho is expected to give Bale a chance to play in Thursday’s game against Ludogorets, before changing his focus to a clash against his former employers Chelsea three days later.
Tottenham are stand on the top of the Premier League and have two points more than the Blues. Hoodle believes that Mourinho is saving Bale for the occasion.
“I’ve got a sneaky feeling that Gareth Bale might have a big say in that game," the former Spurs manager said on his official podcast.
"I think Mourinho might be holding him up his sleeve. That’s the sort of game where you could just see him.
"He played 90 minutes for Wales, and you could see him turning it on in a game like that.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Mourinho hasn’t got him earmarked for Chelsea.”