By Kevin Campbell

11th Mar, 2021 | 11:22am

Campbell: Mourinho right to freeze out Bale as Tottenham masterplan revealed

Jose Mourinho could not have handled Gareth Bale’s fitness situation at Tottenham any better.

That is according to Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed Spurs have big plans for the Welshman and he’s been earmarked to play nearly every game for the remainder of the season.

Most of the on-loan Real Madrid man’s football throughout the season so far has come in substitute appearances or in cup competitions.

But after starting just twice in Spurs’ first 23 league matches, the 31-year-old forward has now been named in the first XI for all of the last three.

He scored four and assisted one in those games, taking his tally to nine goal contributions in his last six in all competitions (six goals and three assists).

Campbell has been impressed with Mourinho’s handling of the Bale situation and claimed that his strategy is now beginning to bear fruit.

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The ex-Arsenal striker told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I don’t think this would have happened any earlier if he had got a run of games in the side.

“I think they’ve handled him well. They’ve taken their time and waited to build up his fitness, which is important.

“Don’t forget, Gareth Bale hasn’t played a lot of football over the last year-and-a-half. He’s played sparingly to come back into the Premier League.

“They took their time and gave him some games in the Europa League. He got some substitute appearances in the Premier League and he took some time to find his feet. But look at him now. He’s scoring goals, he’s making a difference.

“This is what Jose Mourinho wanted. He wanted someone who could come in and make a difference and Bale has done exactly that.”

Finance expert and Football Insider pundit Kieran Maguire claims it would be financially challenging to bring Bale in permanently but that it is ultimately down to the player.

On Thursday, Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports: “He is not a Tottenham player so Real Madrid have everything in their hands.”

In other news, Football Insider understands that Tottenham will keep Oliver Skipp on the books for next season rather than loan him out once more.