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Tottenham boss Mourinho tells Bale: You must earn minutes - they won't be given

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has warned Gareth Bale he must earn his place.

The Real Madrid attacker's return to Spurs has seen the Welshman starting just two Premier league games so far this term.

Speaking about the situation, Mourinho said: "I cannot give players minutes – minutes on the pitch is not something I can give.

"We all know the difficulties that he had for a couple of seasons.

"We all know that he arrived injured, we all know that even this season [he is] a little bit up and down with small things

"The most important thing for him is to be consistent in training, at high intensity without any problems, and when a player is consistent in training then the player is ready, not to be given minutes but to earn minutes. That's a different thing."

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