Gareth Bale's agent has opened up about the frosty relationship between his client and Jose Mourinho during their difficult time together at Tottenham.
Bale returned to north London on loan from Real Madrid last summer to much fanfare as Spurs fans hoped he could recreate the magic that saw him eventually moved to the Bernabeu in 2013 for a world-record fee at the time of £85.1million.
However, the winger enjoyed fewer minutes than expected, starting just six Premier League games under Mourinho in 2020-21, with Jonathan Barnett telling the Mirror: 'At Spurs, there wasn't a fallout.
Jonathan Barnett has said Gareth Bale and Jose Mourinho did not see eye to eye last season
The winger made just six Premier League starts last term under Mourinho in a tough campaign
The pair clashed over the player's fitness in February following an Instagram post by Bale
'I just think they didn't see football the same way – I'm being very diplomatic here. Let's just say it wasn't the best return to a club in history.'
Mourinho was caught on SpursTV in January relaying a conversation with Bale to his coaching staff, in which he told Bale: 'You want to stay here? Or go to Real Madrid and play no football?'
Later that month, Mourinho said Bale 'must earn rather than be given minutes' as he continued to be left on the bench, before the pair were at loggerheads over an Instagram post in February in which Bale claimed he was ready to play, only for Mourinho to come out and say that the Welshman had reported feeling discomfort to the club's medical staff and couldn't start against Manchester City, although the 58-year-old appeared sceptical about Bale's condition given that no injury could be detected.
Mourinho was sacked in April as Ryan Mason took the helm for the Carabao Cup final before securing European football on the last day of the campaign following a 4-2 win at Leicester.
The former Chelsea and Real boss, now in charge of Roma, took a swipe at Bale in June when he said: 'When we look to Gareth and how many great performances he had [last season], how many goals he scored against the best teams, there were not many or none.'
Shortly after Mourinho's dismissal, Bale aimed a thinly veiled dig at the Portuguese when he was asked what changes Spurs should make to their style of play. 'Maybe just be on the front foot a bit more,' was his response.
The duo have exchanged digs since Mourinho's sacking and Bale's return to Real Madrid
Mourinho is currently in charge of Roma - who could go third if they win at Juventus on Sunday
Bale is injured after picking up a 'long-term' hamstring problem in Real training last month
Bale is currently sidelined after a 'long-term' hamstring injury picked up in training with Real last month following international duty, with a provisional return date reportedly set for November 20 or 21 against Granada.
The 32-year-old is into the final year of his contract, with negotiations not thought to be ongoing.