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.
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.”
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.