Jose Mourinho has suggested he was surprised by Gareth Bales decision to declare himself unavailable for Tottenham s FA Cup defeat to Everton.
Spurs were beaten 5-4 in a thrilling encounter at Goodison Park, with the Toffees ending Mourinhos hopes of a domestic cup double.
Mourinho was without Bale, who has made little impact since sealing a sensational return from Real Madrid in the summer.
The Wales international was one of the most high-profile signings during that window, but has managed just four goals in less than 800 minutes in all competitions.
Gareth Bale’s return to north London hasn’t gone to plan (Image: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
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The Spurs boss claimed it wasnt a clear and obvious injury and his desire was to instead stay with the sports science team back in north London.
Speaking after the game, he said: 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.
Mourinho admitted he was “surprised” Bale declared himself unfit
He added: I dont think it is an obvious clear injury.
I would says he feels uncomfortable and because of that the training session he couldnt be 100 percent, but I dont think we can speak about an injury.
And Mourinhos candid injury revelation have an eerie similarity to his comments surrounding Luke Shaw during his time as Manchester United boss.
The left-back has recently admitted that he found it difficult under the Portuguese claiming he wasnt able to get his word across.
But as well as communication issues, Shaw was publicly questioned for missing games, with Mourinho hinting at a lack of braveness.
Shaw has admitted he endured a difficult time under the former Man Utd boss (Image: X01095)
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After missing a game against Southampton back in 2016, he said: “Luke Shaw told me this morning that he was not in the condition to play so we had to build a defensive line.
“There is a difference between the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference.
Shaw has since rebuilt his United career, becoming one of the most consistent full-backs in the top flight this term.
Ian Wright labelled Mourinho’s treatment of Shaw as ‘degrading’ (Image: PA)
Ahead of United’s cup victory over West Ham this week, BBC pundit Ian Wright labelled Mourinhos treatment of the England international as degrading.
“Luke Shaw when he came to United from Southampton was a fantastic player, but he fell away a bit,” he said.
“He had injuries and lost form, but he has turned it around. He is fitter, stronger and is showing what he is capable of.
“Some of the treatment he got from Jose Mourinho was degrading – I didn’t like to see it.”
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