Bale’s Tottenham problem "cannot be resolved" as selection call is questioned

Gareth Bale's situation at Tottenham "cannot be resolved" claims former team-mate Dimitar Berbatov who has not seen enough to suggest a solution can be found.

The Welshman returned to north London in the summer on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

His move back to the Premier League bought with it huge expectation given his previous success in England.

But Bale has been resigned to the bench for much of the season with continued injury problems hindering his ambitions.

He was absent for Tottenham's FA Cup loss at Everton with Jose Mourinho conceding he was "surprised" by the reasons for his absence.

With the season now over halfway and Tottenham no longer pushing for the title Bale's future is very much uncertain, but Berbatov doesn't envisage a "happy ending"

He told Betfair: "A lot has been said about Gareth Bale following Mourinho's comments after Bale ruled himself out of playing in Spurs' 5-4 defeat to Everton in the FA Cup.

"If Bale had a scan and there was a problem that may lead to an injury then I can understand why he didn't want to play. If there was nothing, and he was free to play, then his desire not to play is a problem.

"What does it mean to say you're too uncomfortable to play if you are not injured? It must be translated as something, I don't know what that may be, but the situation is complicated and obviously Mourinho isn't happy.

"Bale's return started with a lot of fanfare, but it's slowly but surely turning out to be a nightmare. It's a bad situation for the team, for the player and for the manager, and that isn't pleasant to see and watch.

"Honestly, I don't see how this situation can be resolved, from what I have seen so far from Bale there is something lacking there, and I don't see how there can be a happy ending. It's a weird situation.

"If the situation continues like this then obviously he isn't going to stay and he will go back to Real Madrid and see his contract out.

"Then, it's about where he will go next. I like Gareth, I like how he played football but at the moment he's far away from his best and we can all see that."

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