José Mourinho on Friday expressed his concerns about Gareth Bale’s fitness. The Tottenham Hotspur manager fears that the attacker will not return from the Welsh national team injury-free due to the double role of Albert Stuivenberg.
‘We don’t want to destroy recent work’
Stuivenberg is an assistant coach at Wales but also at Arsenal, Tottenham’s big rival. Because the Welsh national coach Ryan Giggs will not be there in the coming international period, the Dutchman will be one of the ultimately responsible and Mourinho does not like that.
“Giggs is not responsible for the upcoming games and I am disappointed about that, because before the previous international period he called me about Ben Davies. Bale was not selected at the time. We shared our opinion, but that will not happen now”, said Mourinho at a press conference.
“The fact that one of the coaches is an Arsenal coach, to be honest, makes me uncomfortable. I think national teams should have coaches who don’t work for other clubs,” the Portuguese said. on Stuivenberg.
Bale returned to Tottenham on loan in mid-September after being sidetracked by Real Madrid. The left leg has made a good impression in recent weeks and scored for the first time in the league match against Brighton & Hove Albion (2-1 win) last week.
“We don’t want to destroy the work of the past. I expect Bale to play in the Nations League matches of Wales, but if they care about him as much as we do, then they are managing his recovery period well. They must prevent him from playing. gets too tired. “
Wales will practice against the United States in Swansea on Thursday and then close the group stage of the Nations League in Cardiff against Ireland and Finland. After four rounds of play, the Welsh take the lead in group 4 of division B and if that remains the case, they will be promoted to the strongest division A.
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