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Mourinho Unhappy With Role Arsenal Coach Will Play In Bale's Welsh Workload

Mourinho Unhappy With Role Arsenal Coach Will Play In Bale's Welsh Workload

Gareth Bale's Spurs career is back up and running after the victory over Brighton last weekend. The winger came off the bench to net the winner in the game, his first goal for the club since 2013.

The 31-year old has been slowly working his way back towards full fitness since his return to North London, seeing his playing time steadily increase as a result.

He has now also been included in the Wales squad for the upcoming international break, something manager Jose Mourinho isn't exactly thrilled about.

Speaking ahead of their clash with West Brom on Sunday, the Spurs boss said he was unhappy with the role Albert Stuivenberg would play in deciding on Bale's workload over the next couple of weeks.

With Ryan Giggs absent for the upcoming break, Arsenal assistant manager and Wales coach Stuivenberg will play a big part in helping out fill-in manager Robert Page in the upcoming games.

Mourinho is uncomfortable with the situation, saying that national team coaches should not be involved with club sides.

It’s not Giggs responsible for these matches and I’m sorry about it. Because for the previous fixtures he called me, we spoke about Ben Davies – not Gareth because Gareth was not there – and we shared opinions on the situation, which is probably not going to happen this time.

And the fact that one of the coaches is an Arsenal coach does not make me very comfortable.

Honestly, it doesn’t make me very comfortable. National team matches should have coaches that work exclusively for them, not coaches who work for other clubs.

He’s getting better and better and I felt he could play 90 minutes (in Bulgaria).

But it’s not about can or cannot, it’s about managing the situation and keeping him safe. Because he’s a player that needs to be safe, he’s a player that had enough problems in the past.

He’s working so much and we’re all working so carefully with him that we don’t want to destroy the work everybody is doing for the last couple of months.

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Wales will face USA on a friendly on Thursday, followed by UEFA Nations League fixtures against Ireland and Finland.

Victories in those last two games would ensure the Welsh achieve promotion to League 'A' for the next iteration of the competition.

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