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Gareth Bale’s recent struggles at Tottenham are down to a lack of confidence and belief in his body, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Manchester City defender suggested the Wales international’s performances in training have also not been up to scratch.

Bale was handed just his second Premier League start of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend but failed to retain his place for Spurs’ game against Chelsea in midweek.

Since his summer loan move from Real Madrid the 31-year-old has featured in just six Tottenham league fixtures and scored just once.

“I don’t think it’s his pace that’s a problem, it’s a belief in his body,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I think he’s at a point where he doesn’t have faith that his body can do what it used to do because of all the injuries that he’s had.

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“He looked OK in a couple of the FA Cup games.

“He had his chance from the start and he doesn’t look his normal self.

“That’s because he’s doubting himself. You question if you can really push yourself to those limits.

“It’s hard to get out of that, it’s a very, very difficult mindset to get over.

“Mourinho doesn’t have the opportunity to give him 10 games and help him play through it. He needs results.

“It was quite telling last night, he’s since apologised for it, when the reporter asked ‘why did Gareth Bale come on?’ and he said ‘You don’t need to know’ or words to that effect.

“He’s obviously not doing enough in training to earn a start. Mourinho is not daft, he wants his best players out there and if Bale is superb in training day in, day out, you have to say he’s going to get in the team.

“I just think it’s a combination of belief and confidence in his ability.”

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