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Sport Gareth Bale 'wants a run of games to prove himself at Tottenham'

21:10  12 february  2021
21:10  12 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Gareth Bale is desperate for a run of matches at Tottenham to prove that he still has it amid a wretched loan return in north London.

Bale's loan spell has proved somewhat disastrous, having been used sparingly by Jose Mourinho this season in all competitions, and his latest setback came after he was left out of Tottenham's squad to take on Everton in the FA Cup on Wednesday.

But according to The Times, the Welshman retains a huge appetite to play on a regular basis for Tottenham to get his career back on track, and especially so that he can peak before the Euros.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Gareth Bale's loan spell back at Tottenham this season has proved somewhat disastrous © Provided by Daily Mail Gareth Bale's loan spell back at Tottenham this season has proved somewhat disastrous

Bale has previously said: 'Leading into the Euros in the summer, that's where I want to be peaking.

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'The more games I'm playing the better the body is adapting. It takes a bit of time when you're a bit older, but I am excited to get back to full fitness.'

The Real Madrid loanee has only started twice in the Premier League this season, and has been an unused substitute in the last two fixtures after failing to make an impact under Mourinho - who claimed the winger wanted to do strength and conditioning work rather than make the trip to Merseyside in midweek.

Bale, who has failed to complete a full 90 minutes in the league this season, arrived on loan at Spurs with a knee injury.

But there were high hopes he would add another dimension to the side's star-studded attack alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

However the Welshman - who hardly featured in the 18 months before he joined on loan from Real Madrid - has flattered to deceive and has in fact come in for plenty of criticism this term.

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a person standing in front of a crowd: Jose Mourinho has used the Welshman sparingly all season, making just two league starts © Provided by Daily Mail Jose Mourinho has used the Welshman sparingly all season, making just two league starts

Sportsmail recently reported that the 31-year-old's application is being questioned by Tottenham - who agreed to pay in the region of £250,000-per-week of his mammoth £600,000-per-week salary - with concerns from within the camp about his appetite.

It is understood that there was particular disappointment at Bale's work-rate during the rare start for the attacker in the 1-0 loss to Brighton on January 31.

Indeed, even Brighton's players were said to be surprised at the apparent lack of industry shown by Bale during the clash at the Amex Stadium.

There is a general disappointment at how Bale's return to the club on loan has progressed.

The Southampton academy graduate was not viewed as a priority signing by Mourinho last summer, but the club's hierarchy viewed the opportunity to re-sign Bale as too attractive a deal to turn down.

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That move has simply failed to work out but Bale will be desperate to silence his critics and get himself back in contention under Mourinho sooner rather than later with the business end of the season approaching.

a football player on a field: Bale was uninspiring as he started Tottenham's drab 1-0 defeat at Brighton on January 31 © Provided by Daily Mail Bale was uninspiring as he started Tottenham's drab 1-0 defeat at Brighton on January 31 Read more

Jose Mourinho subbed Gareth Bale to keep him fresh for West Ham clash .
Gareth Bale pushed his claims for just a third Premier League start of the season by inspiring Tottenham to a Europa League win against Wolfsberger. Bale scored one and set up another in Spurs' convincing win in Budapest and Jose Mourinho confirmed he withdrew the Welshman to ensure he was fit and in contention for Sunday's crucial trip to West Ham. Bale has struggled for game time since returning to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid and relations between the pair appeared strained when Mourinho took exception to a social media post from the 31-year-old about his fitness last week.

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