Jose Mourinho has lost all trust in Gareth Bale after the Tottenham star ruled himself out against Everton in midweek, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the Wales international’s move back to north London was turning out to be the “worst transfer of the summer” after this latest twist in the tale.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Mourinho revealed Bale had requested not to play against Everton after feeling some discomfort in training but refused to go as far as saying the 31-year-old was injured.
The Portuguese boss admitted the issue had come as a surprise after the winger took part in team training on Tuesday.
Tottenham ended up losing 5-4 to the Toffees to see their FA Cup hopes come crashing down on Merseyside.
Whelan suggested Mourinho had lost all belief in the Real Madrid loanee, with his absence on Wednesday the latest black mark to his name.
Asked if Mourinho simply had to trust Bale, Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “The one problem is there is no trust, I think that’s pretty clear to see between manager and player or else he would have had game time.
“I honestly do not know what is going on. It’s probably the worst Premier League transfer of the summer, but yet the biggest and most exciting but it’s turned out not to be.
“I’m really confused with this one because I think we’ve waited that long for it to happen, now you’re wondering why have you bought him in? What is going on with this player and this club and this manager that you can’t get the best out of him?
“There’s obviously, like I say, a trust issue that is there between manager and player.”