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Jose Mourinho unsure of Gareth Bale and Danny Rose’s future

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Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho was in high spirits ahead of his side’s trip to Sheffield United on Sunday, but kept his cards close to his chest when asked about Gareth Bale’s future and Danny Rose.

The Lilywhites boss saw his side slip midweek against Fulham, working on a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium despite a first-half lead by Harry Kane.

But Mourinho was forward-thinking during his last pre-match press conference, where he answered questions about Bale and Rose’s future, discussed whether or not to do something different to keep leads, and the difficulty of a proposal at the bottom of the table. Sheffield United will be after scoring their first win of the season last time around.

Here is what he had to say.

Gareth Bale, Jack Clarke
Coming off the bench like a familiar thing for Bale | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Information released early on Friday had suggested Tottenham had chosen not to extend the stay of Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid. The news of a potential departure surprised Mourinho, who was adamant that no discussions had taken place.

“There was not a second of discussion about it. Gareth is a player on loan until the end of the season. Not a second of discussion. We are of course talking about Gareth himself, Real Madrid, Tottenham. But I promise you, not a second of discussion.

“He came in injured and he was injured for the first month, I believe. The group stage of the Europa League is a different level than the Premier League. KO is another story but the group stage is a different intensity, a different pace, a different quality.

“So in the Premier League, he didn’t play for several minutes. Then another small injury to Stoke where he had a good first half. Not an easy process.

“Everyone knew that in the last two seasons at Madrid it hasn’t been easy for him. So let’s take it step by step and try to get the most out of it.

Danny rose
Danny Rose recently played under-23 football for Spurs | James Chance / Getty Images

“I do not know. Honestly, I do not know.

“[He is] Working with under 23s means playing with them sometimes – and well. The two times I watch it [he made a] good contribution for children, for their development. But I don’t know what’s going to happen in the market. “

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, José Mourinho
Mourinho admitted that mistakes must be eliminated | Pool / Getty Images

Spurs have given up a number of leads this season, most recently against Fulham but also against Wolves and Crystal Palace last month. Asked why Tottenham couldn’t close the matches, Mourinho addressed the need to improve the bases as a way to start crossing the line.

“We have to score the goals we can and we must not make mistakes that have punished us. If you compare Hugo’s performance with Areola’s, you have an answer. Areola made, I believe, a few impossible saves that would kill the game. So {we hit} the post, then a defensive error and a goal.

“It sounds complicated, but it’s simple because it’s a basic analysis of the game. I’m the first to dig very, very deep, trying to figure out what my team needs to improve and could improve. I am the first to do so.

“But to get to the point, you score goals, you kill games. If you don’t score goals, you stay in the limit. If you don’t make defensive mistakes you end up winning and if you make a defensive mistake you can get punished. “

Chris Wilder, José Mourinho
Wilder’s Sheffield United took four points from Spurs last season | Pool / Getty Images

Tottenham collapsed to defeat Sheffield United six months ago, losing convincingly at Bramall Lane. But with Chris Wilder’s side stuck at the bottom of the table, Mourinho was asked whether or not he sees the Blades as a different proposition given their struggles in 2020/21.

“The same thing. I don’t look towards the table. Of course, I watch but but I go further than that. And they’re not the worst team in the Premier League at all. They are a good, much, much better team than what the board says.

“You watch the games, you analyze them, and often the opponent was no better than them. And often it was one of those little, big details that decides the score, decides the points and decides the table. ”

“It’s a very good team. So honestly if in our mind we’re going to play the worst Premier League team, we’re going to be in big trouble.

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