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Bale won't be given minutes, he has to earn it - Jose Mourinho

Bale won't be given minutes, he has to earn it - Jose Mourinho

Gareth Bale hasn't gotten as much playing time he wanted since he joined Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho is aware the winger has not gotten as much playing time he wanted, but also thinks his players need to earn their place in the squad and not just given minutes.

With the game against Wycombe coming on Monday, Gareth Bale will be hoping he gets in the starting XI to add to the four times he also already played for the London side in the Premier League this season.

"I cannot give players minutes, minutes on the pitch is not something I can give, so I'm not going in this direction," Mourinho said.

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"We all know the difficulties he had for a couple of seasons, we all know that he arrived injured, we all know that even this season [has been] a little bit up and down with small things.

"The most important thing for him is to be consistent, training without any problems and when a player is consistent in training, high intensity without any kind problems then the player is ready.

"Not to be given minutes, but is ready to earn minutes, and that for me is a difference.

"This week he is working every minute like everybody else at a good intensity and let's see the way that he reacts to the accumulation of that kind of work and let's see how he reacts by the end of the week.

"The match [against Wycombe] is Monday and we still have training sessions to evaluate that. It is also about his confidence.

"If he feels that the week that he's had has had a positive impact on him and, on his confidence, he will play."

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