Jose Mourinho has taken a shot at Gareth Bale after giving his thoughts on Wales’ Euro 2020 hopes this summer.
Bale had a tough season under Mourinho this year at Spurs after he returned to his old club on loan.
Heralded as a major coup from Spurs, it certainly did not start that way with the Welshman struggling to get time on the pitch – reminiscent of his time at the Bernabeu over the past few years.
He ended the season with 16 goals in 34 games – though many of those appearances came from the bench – indicating that the 31-year-old had more to offer.
Now AS Roma manager, Mourinho has given his thoughts on Euro 2020 after giving a country-by-country guide to The Sun.
And speaking about Wales’ chances, the Portuguese coach has savaged Bale in cold-blooded fashion.
He said: “Over the years Wales have relied a lot on Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, the two most talented players in the country.
“But when I look to the club season and how many matches Ramsey played at Juventus… there were lots of injuries.
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“When we look to Gareth and how many great performances he had, how many goals he scored against the best teams, there were not many or none.
“It’s not an easy situation for a country without many options.
“But they are always well organised and know how to create a situation to try to get the best out of the more talented players.”
While at United, Mourinho was desperate to bring Bale to the club and was prepared to axe Anthony Martial to get his wish.
A transfer never went through in the end but his dream was realised last summer when the forward returned to Tottenham on loan.
However, the fruitful relationship that was promised simply never happened with a multitude of injury troubles and form problems souring their time together.
Bale’s future remains very much up in the air but new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has already stated that he has a future at the club after being frozen out by predecessor Zinedine Zidane.
“Gareth hasn’t played much in the Premier League, but he did score goals,” Ancelotti said.
“He was effective in the final games of the season when he played consistently.
“He is coming back, I know him well. If he is motivated to play, he can have a great season. I have no doubt.
“I have a lot of love still for Gareth, Isco, Marcelo… they will have the motivation to show they can still play for Real Madrid.”