Jose Mourinho says Gareth Bale Instagram post was "contradiction of reality"
"I have to admit that his post created a need of being addressed"
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has described an Instagram post by Gareth Bale which suggested he was fit enough to play in their midweek FA Cup tie with Everton was a "contradiction of reality".
Bale, who returned to Spurs on loan at the start of the season, has rarely featured in recent weeks with reports claiming the London club are "losing patience" with the Welshman.
While injury has explained some of his more recent omissions, it was expected Bale would feature in Mourinho's squad for the game at Goodison Park after his Instagram post indicated he had had a "good session" prior to the team's departure for Merseyside.
Mourinho admitted that there was no indication that Bale himself was responsible for the post, which he also described as being "totally wrong", but confirmed the 31-year-old may feature against Manchester City on Saturday if he came through Friday's training session without any setbacks.
"I have to admit that his post created a need of being addressed. There was a contradiction between the post and the reality," Mourinho said.
"Since the beginning of the season, in relation to everything, I've tried to be very private and keep everything indoors but I felt that I needed to address the situation.
"Probably the post was not even his responsibility, but it was showing that training session was 'great' and 'I'm ready' which was totally wrong. So when questioned I had to give the reality of things."