The former Tottenham player believes the Portuguese tactician is getting the hang of the Wales international.
how to push
to perform his best forTottenham
as the 31-year-old “needs to be loved”.
The Welshman has been running on a poor vein of form after he came back to Tottenham fromReal Madrid
on a loan contract and Mourinho is struggling to benefit from Bale’s talent as he used to be one of the best players in his heyday.
He has recently been showing off impressive displays and Jenas believes that Bale performs better when he is depended on by his manager.
Gareth on the pitch is a killer. But to get that out of him, during my time at the club, he had to be loved. He wasn’t one to challenge. He wasn’t one to lay the gauntlet down to sort that out
," the ex-Tottenham midfielder told
BBC Radio Five Live
Then all of a sudden, to be fair to Harry [Redknapp], he stuck him in there and forced him to play. And I used to hear it week in week out, ‘give it to Gareth’.
“He used to get it and he would be like ‘run him’, and the more he did it, the more confidence he got and the more he realised he was the go-to man in the team.
“He developed into a monster on the pitch and he was floating onto the pitch like a god, like no one could touch him, because he had that level of confidence and love that was given to him from the manager."
About Mourinho and Bale’s relationship, Jenas added: “
The Mourinho side of things, maybe it didn’t go that way, but maybe Jose has worked that out. If I play him, and give him a bit of love, that’s how I get the best out of him.
“They didn’t know each other, essentially. He was in awe of what Gaz was doing [earlier in his career], so the love for the player is there and he knows that version of the player.
"He just needed to find a way to get the confidence in Gaz. I don’t care how old he is, Gaz is still a kid at heart and he needs that love to perform, and that is all it is.”
The Wales international has met the back of the net eight times in 21 appearances he made this season, including an impressive brace in his side’s thumping 4-0 victory overBurnley
which reminded everyone of his remarkable talent.
Bale is going to be in the starting lineup as the Spurs get ready to faceCrystal Palace