Gareth Bale may have “fallen out of love with football” at Tottenham after his agent commented on the winger’s future in the game.
That is the view of former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 31-year-old could be growing frustrated by his lack of regular game time on loan at Spurs.
Speaking at a Financial Times event earlier this week, as quoted by Sky Sports, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett claimed the Wales international was not featuring as much as he is heading “towards the end of his career”.
The 87-cap international has featured 17 times since his return on loan from Real Madrid, although only two of his 11 starts have come in the Premier League.
He has a total of 516 club appearances under his belt for Southampton, Spurs and Real, 220 of which have come during his two spells in north London.
Whelan admitted Bale had played a lot of football during his career and suggested not playing week in, week out could grow tiresome for the winger.
Reacting to Barnett’s comments about Bale, Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Has he fallen out of love with football? That’s something you’ve got to think about as well.
“He’s been playing from a very young age, he’s had his injury problems, he’s had his problems when he was at Real Madrid, coming to the end of his time there and then when he’s come to Tottenham, things haven’t worked out properly for him.
“Maybe that love might not be there as much as it was beforehand, maybe he’s overplayed football and if he’s not going to be playing regularly, maybe that is the way he’s thinking.
“Look, he’s not going to struggle for money, that’s for sure but if he’s not enjoying his game then that can cross players’ minds.”