LONDON, NETRALNEWS.COM - Jose Mourinho has admitted that Gareth Bale's future regarding whether or not he continues to play for Tottenham Hotspur depends entirely on Real Madrid.
Spurs brought the 31-year-old Wales forward back on loan in September as part of a deal that dids not include an option or obligation to buy the player this summer.
Bale had a difficult time on his return to north London after seven years with Real, who acquired him for the world's highest fee at the time of £85.3 million.
However, he recently performed well with two goals and an assist in the 4-0 win against Burnley, which sparked speculation that he would stay with Spurs for a long time.
"In that regard, you should contact your Madrid colleagues and they should ask (Real Madrid boss) Zidane because he (Bale) is a Real Madrid player," Mourinho said, as quoted from the ESPN website.
"He is not a Tottenham player. So Real Madrid is in full control. They own this player, who stil has a one-year contract with them. They are in charge. You know, I only have one loan player and I try to get the best out of that player for Tottenham Hotspur while respecting Real Madrid."
"It's the same with (Carlos) Vinicius (on loan from Benfica). We try to take care of the players we borrow, but also out of our respect for the clubs who loaned the players to us. If you want to know about Gareth's future, I think you should ask your colleagues in Madrid to ask Zizou," Mourinho said.
Spurs took the pressure off Mourinho after a convincing win against Burnley, which was their second Premier League win in seven games since 17 January.