Jose Mourinho 'furious' with Gareth Bale over ill-timed Instagram post hinting Tottenham star IS fit to play – report
JOSE MOURINHO is reportedly fuming with Gareth Bale over an ill-timed Instagram post during Tottenham’s defeat to Everton.
The on-loan Real Madrid star was missing from the Spurs squad that was knocked out of the FA Cup on Wednesday after a 5-4 thriller.
Mourinho explained the Welshman was left out due to a fitness issue, but Bale's social media activity hinted at an alternative explanation.
The winger shared an Instagram post of the team travelling to Merseyside without him.
It included a photo of himself training and a caption reading: “Good session today.”
That led to many fans believing the forward was fit to play and blaming Mourinho for the 31-year-old’s absence.
Mourinho was asked to explain the four-time Champions League winner’s absence, and said: “Well I think it's better for me to say.
“So we played against West Bromwich on the Sunday and he didn't play.
“On Monday I was a little bit surprised by him wanting to have a scan because he was not comfortable with some muscular area.
“So he didn't train on Monday and then on Tuesday he trained with the team but I was informed that his desire would be to work with the sports science for a couple of days to strengthen that area where he's not feeling comfortable.
“That's the reason why he's not here.”
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Mourinho’s spiky remarks hinted at some tension between the two.
And the Portuguese boss is allegedly livid over Bale’s posts, according to the Mirror, feeling that it makes him out to be the bad guy amid increasing pressure and criticism of him from supporters.
Tottenham travel to the North West again on Saturday for a tough test at Premier League leaders Man City.
It remains to be seen whether the out-of-form Welshman returns to the squad.
Bale is now quickly becoming an expensive mistake for not only Real Madrid, but Spurs too.
The ex-Southampton star earns a jaw-dropping £650,000 at the Bernabeu, with Tottenham agreeing to pay half of those wages this season.
But even at 'half-price' – a staggering £325,000 – Bale is proving horrendously pricey.
In fact, he's cost the club £6.5MILLION in wages alone so far.
Having scored just four times in all competitions this season, Bale's goals are coming at £1.3m apiece.
The winger is costing £650,000 per chances created and £28,000 per PASS.
In fact, having played just 785 minutes, Tottenham are paying £9,000 per minute of Bale action.
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