Jose Mourinho has been told that Wales 'will absolutely deal with Gareth Bale' after the Tottenham winger was declared fit to face USMNT in a friendly on Thursday, despite Mourinho's warning against "The destruction of the work" that Spurs did to make the loan. Real Madrid player in top form.
Bale has yet to complete a full 90 minutes for Spurs since returning to the club in September, but he faces the prospect of three games in six days with Wales facing the United States in Swansea ahead of clashes with the UEFA Nations League against the Republic of Ireland (November 15) and Finland (November 18).
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The 31-year-old is expected to start the game against Gregg Berhalter's side on the substitutes' bench on Thursday ahead of the starting roles against Ireland and Finland.
Wales are starting their three-game schedule with assistant manager Rob Page alternating manager Ryan Giggs out on assault allegations, which he denies. And Page told Mourinho that Wales will not compromise the fitness of Bale, or any other player on the squad, this week.
“I can understand what Jose is saying because I myself have been a club manager,” Page said at a Zoom press conference on Wednesday.
“We are borrowing their players so they can play for Wales so we are absolutely going to take care of them.
“We're not going to undo the work that has been done at the club level, whether it's Gareth Bale or whoever it is. We are convinced that what we offer is elite sports preparation for matches.
“I haven't spoken to him [Mourinho], but there is a plan we have for Gareth that is no different from any other player.
“If they come in after playing on a Saturday, they'll have a second day pickup on a Monday. If they play on Sunday, they will be off the turf on Monday, with a second day resumption on Tuesday. "
“We have an unrivaled medical team and they have a model in place for every player coming into the team.
“If they have individual plans for themselves, of course we will adhere to them as well.
“From our perspective, there hasn't been any communication [with Spurs], but we have a plan for the players to be fit and ready for games in a reasonable way. It has been no different over the years and we will continue to do so. "
Bale has not played for Wales since the 1-0 win over Bulgaria in June, missing three internationals since that game, but Page believes the player is now in top form after slowly getting into the game. physical form at Spurs.
“We now have a perfectly fit Gareth Bale,” said Page. “I had a conversation with him and he can't wait to go. He fights in good shape.
“Since I've been involved with Wales over the past year, it's probably the first time he's enjoyed their football and training. He looks in good shape and he feels in good shape.
“It's good to have a great Gareth Bale in the squad. "
As well as raising concerns about Bale's workload with Wales, Mourinho also spoke of his dissatisfaction with the involvement of Arsenal coach Albert Stuivenberg, who is Giggs' assistant with Country Wales since 2018.
Spurs have three players in the Wales squad – Bale, Ben Davies and Joe Rodon – and Page insisted the Welsh organization was concerned about a conflict of interest involving Stuivenberg.
“We have Joe Rodon and Ben Davies too, so we have Tottenham players involved in the squad for the last few years,” Page said.
“We have all three of Jose's players and of course he's going to show an interest, but Albert has been involved with Welsh training for a few years and there have never been any problems so no problems at all. "