Mourinho worried for fragile Bale due to Wales coach’s Arsenal allegiances

Jose Mourinho fears Wales could destroy Gareth Bale’s fragile fitness – and is uncomfortable with them having an Arsenal coach in the dugout.

Bale is back in the Welsh squad to face USA, Republic of Ireland and Finland after a knee injury, and Mourinho wants them to manage his minutes.

But the Tottenham boss fears his calls to protect Bale could be ignored because Ryan Giggs is not in charge for those matches.

Robert Page and assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg, who is also an assistant at the Emirates, are standing in for Giggs after his recent arrest.

And Mourinho said: “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.

“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.

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“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.”

Giggs will not be involved in the triple-header after being arrested on suspicion of assault, leaving Page in charge and Stuivenberg as his assistant.

Bale has yet to play 90 minutes for Spurs since his return on loan from Real Madrid, but got 65 minutes under his belt in Thursday’s win over Ludogorets.

Mourinho said: “It's about managing the situation and keeping him safe. He's a player that needs to be safe. He's a player that had enough problems in the past.

“Wales has two matches where they play for the Nations League and I expect him to play.

“But if they care as much about him as we do, they have to manage the recovery period. They have to manage how many days' rest between one match and another.

“They have to manage the minutes that he plays and they should not let him get to fatigue levels.”

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