Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett says Welshman not playing at Tottenham as coming to end of his career

Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett claims his lack of game time is down to being in the twilight of a career in which he has won an array of trophies with Real Madrid and established a 'very good lifestyle'

Gareth Bale has only started two of Tottenham's 22 Premier League games since his loan move from Real Madrid
Image: Gareth Bale has only started two of Tottenham's 22 Premier League games since his loan move from Real Madrid

Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett believes the forward is not playing regularly at Tottenham because he is coming towards the end of his career.

The 31-year-old has started only two of Spurs' 22 Premier League matches since his return to north London on loan from Real Madrid, and Barnett directed the question of his playing time towards manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho said last week that Bale was not physically ready to play despite a social media post from the Wales star suggesting otherwise before he was left out of the FA Cup defeat at Everton.

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And asked why Bale was not playing regularly at the Financial Times' Business of Football event, Barnett said: "He's towards the end of his career. Really, you have to ask Mourinho that."

Barnett also defended Bale's record, which includes four Champions League trophies and two La Liga titles with Real Madrid.

"When they say 'what's happened to him?' He's won more trophies abroad than any British player in history," Barnett said.

"He's done very well financially, and he has enough money for the rest of his life. He has a very good lifestyle, so that is what has happened to him."

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Bale came through the ranks at Southampton and joined Spurs as a 17-year-old in 2007 before sealing a big-money move to the Bernabeu six years later.

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Addressing his initial transfer to Spurs, Barnett, who has overseen the Welshman's career, said: "With Gareth we always knew where he wanted to be.

"We knew he had the talent so when clubs came in, the first thing we did was look at the clubs that were there and the ones to progress his career.

"We chose Tottenham for clear reasons; the path to the first team and good coaching.

"We turned down two offers for more money at the time but we spoke with him, his parents and they listened to us and he ended up at Real Madrid."

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