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“Bale’s not producing right level of football for Mourinho” – Berbatov

Wednesday20 January 2021 | 9:29
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The ex-Lilywhites player is not impressed by the Wales international’s run of form ever since he came back from north London.

Dimitar Berbatov

believes

Tottenham

winger

Gareth Bale

is “not producing” for his side, fearing 

Jose Mourinho

sending the loanee back to

Real Madrid

.

The 31-year-old has been having fitness problems and is fighting for regular minutes since he returned to the Spurs on loan in September. The Welshman’s spell at Tottenham was over when he moved to Real Madrid for £85 million ($116m) in 2013, meeting the target 100 times for his side, gaining two Liga winner’s medals, and contributing to his side’s four Champions League victories.

However, before the 2020-21 campaign, Zinedine Zidane did not include Bale in his plans and he was left out most of the last campaign as well. It was expected of him to find himself in Tottenham, but he has only found the target three times in 12 matches, which were mostly as a substitute.

Although Berbatov believed the loanee would shine in the attacking triumvirate at the Spurs, he came to understand his former team-mate is not proving qualified.

The former Spurs striker said: “

I was expecting a lot of him coming to Spurs, to shake things up and for him, Son and Kane to make it a trio up front that can rival the Liverpool attacking trio, for example.

“For the moment it is 100 per cent not working. Hopefully he can get back to 100 per cent and start playing. If not, in the end, it is an easy decision – he can go back to Madrid.

“Whatever the reason [for his lack of games], Gareth Bale is injury-free now because he's on the bench for the team, but he's not playing from the first minute so it means that obviously he's not producing the right level of football Jose Mourinho wants from him, which is a shame because I like him a lot.”

Bale is hopeful to be considered in Mourinho’s ploy when they are set to face

Wycombe

in the FA Cup’s fourth round on Monday, before putting their concentration back on the

Premier League

clash against

Liverpool

three days later.


source: SportMob