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.
Jose Mourinho has insisted that Gareth Bale will thrive at Tottenham
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“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.
Albert Stuivenberg is a first team coach at Arsenal
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“Honestly, it doesn’t make me very comfortable. National team matches should have coaches…