According to Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett, the Welshman has overcome an unnecessary tough ride in his season-long loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur and is now playing at his best.
Bale, 31, made a return to Spurs in the summer on loan from Real Madrid but was just a peripheral figure with only six Premier League starts under Jose Mourinho before the Portuguese manager was fired in April.
Since then, he has started two Premier League games under interim boss Ryan Mason and has scored 4 goals including a hat-trick against Sheffield United on Sunday. When asked if the Welshman would extend his stay at the club in a chat with Sky Sports, Barnett said:
“Nothing has been discussed at the moment.
“He had a tough ride and I don’t think that should have been necessary.
“He came as one of the best players in the world. Sure, he had a few injuries and a few fitness problems but once they were over, all he needed was to be played in the right position and to be played constantly to get back into the rhythm.
“He has been given that opportunity and you can see how he plays. I think with Gareth, like a lot of players, he has to enjoy his life and then you do well.”
Tottenham Hotspur currently sit sixth in the Premier League and trail fourth-placed London rivals Chelsea by 4 points with just 4 games to go.
Barnett claimed that Bale didn’t play much earlier in the season as he was approaching the end of his career but went on to question how the four-time UEFA Champions League winner was handled by Jose Mourinho.
“Given the opportunity, given the right way to play him you may have found that he was always at his best,” he added.
“He just didn’t have the opportunity to prove it or the way to prove it.”
Meanwhile, Bale will captain Wales in the upcoming Euros in the summer if he can maintain full fitness and Barnett stated that not many clubs would be able to woo the Welshman when his future is sorted at the end of the season.
“They would have to have a lot of money and they would have to be one that he has an interest in playing for,” he said. “That rules out a lot of clubs.”