There are no talks over Bale's future, says Mourinho
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There are no talks over Bale's future, says Mourinho

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says there have been no discussions over Gareth Bale's future as he is on loan at the club.

The 31-year-old has largely been restricted to appearances in the Europa League and domestic cups since making a high-profile return to Spurs on loan in September.

Mourinho said: “There was not even a second of discussion about that. Gareth is a player on loan until the end of the season. Not one second of discussion. We are speaking about, of course, Gareth himself, Real Madrid and Tottenham, but I promise you, not one second of discussion.”

"He arrived injured," added Mourinho.

"And he was injured before, I believe, the first month. And then, step by step, Europa League matches were helping him to get his condition.

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"Europa League group phase is a different level than the Premier League. The knock-out is a different story. But the group phase is a different intensity, a different rhythm, a different quality. So in the Premier League, he didn’t play many minutes.

"Then another small injury at Stoke where he was having a good first half. Not an easy process. Everybody knew that in the past couple of seasons, in Madrid, they were not easy for him. So let’s go, step by step, and try to get the best out of him."

The Welshman has started just once in the Premier League and was left on the bench by Mourinho when Spurs needed late inspiration in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Fulham.

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