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Mourinho expresses discontent with Spurs role after Bale signing

The signing of Gareth Bale has prompted Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho to demand a managerial role that would allow him to have more influence on signings.

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Mourinho expresses discontent with Spurs role after Bale signing
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Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho reportedly wants more authority over the club’s recruitment policy after Spurs signed Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid two weeks ago.

According to English press reports, the signing of Bale was the final straw for the Portuguese coach, who subsequently asked Spurs chairman Daniel Levy for a managerial position that would allow him to dictate transfers.

Mourinho spent much of the summer pressuring Tottenham to sign a new striker to partner with club talisman Harry Kane.

However, the club seemingly prioritised securing the return of Bale, who was a personal choice of Levy. The Cardiff-born player has returned to the club after leaving for Real Madrid in 2013 for €100 million.

Gareth Bale (C) watches from his seat during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.

Mourinho wants same power as Pochettino

Mourinho is understood to have no issues with Bale, but reportedly believed he already had plenty of talented players in the Welshman’s position, such as Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min, Erik Lamela and Steven Bergwijn; while there are fewer striking options.

Furthermore, Mourinho reportedly has cited the fact that his predecessor, Mauricio Pochettino, had a managerial role during his last three years at the club and believes that he deserves the same status.

Mourinho reportedly wants greater influence on transfer matters so he can have also more control over outgoing players. For example, the Portuguese coach is keen to get rid of Dele Ali, a player the board wants to protect.