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'It's Mourinho's Job To Unlock Bale Again'

A former Tottenham Hotspur manager has insisted it is Jose Mourinho's responsibility to get Gareth Bale playing at his best again.

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The Welshman earned his second Premier League start of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, but was hauled off just after the hour mark.

A number of former players and pundits have claimed that the on-loan Real Madrid star doesn't care about football, but ex-Spurs manager Harry Redknapp disagrees and feels Mourinho needs to do more to get the player firing again.

"People say to me that he looks like he isn't interested or he doesn't care," he told talkSPORT.

"If he didn't care, he would have stayed at Real Madrid earning the same money. He has come here because he wants to play and prove himself again

"He's not the most confident boy in the world. Even though he was up there among the top five players in the world in the time he was at Tottenham and went to Real Madrid, you have got to make him feel like he is the main man. You have got to give him confidence.

"You have got to find a way – that is a manager's job now – to unlock that talent and get him going again because I'm sure it is still in there, it just needs bringing out. Bringing him on, taking him off, little cameos here and there – let him play and give him a run.

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"Dele Alli, why not get him back on board? The kid was one of the best players in the country a couple of years ago and we have to find a way to get him playing again.

"Don't just discard people. That's your job, to make them feel important and as though they have something to offer."

Spurs have dropped to sixth place on the log after winning just two of their past nine Premier League games.

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