The toxic relationship between Jose Mourinho and Gareth Bale will be having a negative impact on the rest of the Tottenham squad, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it was clear there has been a falling out between player and manager and warned of the repercussions it could have among the dressing room.
The 31-year-old has started 10 times in 15 appearances across all competitions for Spurs this season, although only twice in the Premier League.
Bale was back in the spotlight again this week after Mourinho revealed he had ruled himself out of the Lilywhites’ FA Cup clash against Everton due to discomfort felt in training.
The Portuguese boss refused to call the problem an injury and admitted the news came as a surprise to him after the winger had trained on Tuesday.
Whelan has insisted there is clear tension between the pair and suggested the negativity could be seeping into the rest of the dressing room.
“It’s a very strange situation to be involved to look from the outside and try to figure out what it is,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“It’s like a dislike between the two of them that’s going on, they hate each other, that in itself going on will affect the players and the squad.
“That can only be detrimental to the rest of the players in the squad, because it’s not a nice situation and there’s obviously tension there which you can feel.
“What’s going on with Gareth Bale, what’s going on with him must have an effect on the squad.”
Bale has scored four goals for Spurs since his return on loan from Real Madrid back in September.
His last league start came in the 1-0 defeat to Brighton at the end of January, while he has been left as an unused substitute for the last two top-flight games.