Former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has fired a jibe at Gareth Bale, suggesting that his performances in the big games were not good enough.
The Portuguese brought the winger back to Spurs last summer on-loan from Real Madrid.
The 31-year-old then scored eight goals in the league following Mourinho’s departure including an exhilarating hat-trick against Sheffield United at White Hart Lane.
Now, the new AS Roma boss has pointed to a lack of ‘big-game’ performances from Bale in his time back at Spurs, labelling that as a concern ahead of Wales’ Euro 2020 campaign.
Talking ahead of the tournament, Mourinho 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.
“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”
Bale enjoyed a profitable time back in North London, netting 16 goals during a rollercoaster campaign.
Despite his impressive output for Spurs, Bale did not appear to have the full confidence of ex-Tottenham head coach Mourinho having only been afforded six Premier League starts prior to his sacking in April.