Frank McAvennie has slammed the “hunger and desire” of Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and suggested he has “fallen out of love with the game”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker claimed Bale should walk into the Spurs starting XI but his current performances show that something is not right.
The Welshman’s agent Jonathan Barnett revealed at the Financial Times’ Business of Football event, as relayed by Sky Sports, that his client’s career was coming to an end.
He added: “When they say ‘what’s happened to him?’ He’s won more trophies abroad than any British player in history.”
Gareth Bale, who registered a goal and an assist in Tottenham’s Europa League win at Wolfsberger on Thursday, was a half-time sub in Spurs’ 2-1 Premier League defeat to West Ham on Sunday.
He set up Lucas Moura to give them hope, before hitting the top of the crossbar with a fierce strike 10 minutes later.
Asked whether he could see Bale retiring within the next couple of years, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I think he’s enjoying being out of the golf course rather than on the football field at the moment!
“Money is not a problem for him. He obviously doesn’t have the hunger and desire.
“Mourinho has brought him over and given him a chance. He must be saying ‘I’m paying your wages and you’re not doing anything for me’.
“Listen, I know they sold a lot of jerseys through it but the money they’re paying him and the performances they’re getting…
“There are places in that team for him and players in there where you go ‘at 60 per cent, Bale’s better than you’ and he’s not getting in.
“There’s something not right, whether it be the appetite and hunger and he’s got so much money he doesn’t care anymore.
“He must have fallen out of love with the game. I don’t get it. With Wales, he turns it on a wee bit. It’s a strange one.”