Gareth Bale’s agent says only Jose Mourinho can explain winger’s absence from Tottenham team

Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has said that it is up to Jose Mourinho to answer why the winger is not playing more at Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football event, Barnett said that the 31-year-old winger is coming to the end of his career but only the Spurs head coach is in a position to explain why his client has spent much of his season on loan from Real Madrid as a substitute.

“He’s towards the end of his career,” Barnett said. “You have to ask Mourinho that. When they say what’s happened to him he’s won more trophies abroad than any player in British history. He’s done very well financially, he has money for the rest of his life.”

Barnett, owner of the Stellar agency that represents Ben Chilwell and Jack Grealish among others, also spoke about Bale turning down two other offers for better money when he joined Spurs for the first time in 2007.

“With Gareth we always knew where he wanted to be,” Barnett added. “We knew he had the talent so when clubs came in, the first thing we did was looking at the clubs that were there and the ones to progress his career.

“We chose Tottenham for clear reasons – the path to the first team, there was good coaching. We turned down two offers for more money than what we offered at the time but we spoke with him, his parents and they listened to us and he finished up at Real Madrid.”

Discussing the financial state of the game, Barnett believes that it would be “suicidal” for salary caps to be introduced and thinks it is wrong for players to have wage cuts or deferrals forced upon them as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Why should we?” he asked. “They have contracts. I’m not against deferred payments in certain cases but it cannot be forced upon a player. If a player wants to defer, that’s fine, but I’m against a club walking in and saying we’re only to pay you such.

“Would banks take less? Would journalists take less? It’s the same business.”

He also feels that Brexit is likely to be detrimental to the overall quality of English football. “It will have an effect, and not for the good,” he added. “A lot of great players will not be able to come here.”

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