‘He really used Tottenham for training!’: NBA star and Chelsea fan Josh Hart mocks Spurs after Gareth Bale admits his main reason for loan switch was to get fit for Euro 2020 and he plans on returning to Real Madrid
Rival fans of Tottenham have mocked the club after Gareth Bale’s comments on Tuesday about only staying for one season, and now an NBA player has waded in too.
After an indifferent campaign on loan from Real Madrid, Bale has recently returned to form at Spurs – scoring four in his last four Premier League appearances for the club.
There had been optimism that the 31-year-old would look to make his loan move a permanent one this summer but Bale emphatically squashed that by declaring his intent to return to Real Madrid and that this season was about being match fit for Wales at the delayed Euro 2020 finals.
NBA guard Josh Hart (left) has mocked Tottenham after Gareth Bale’s comments about leaving
Bale says joining Tottenham has helped him get fit for Wales ahead of the delayed Euro 2020
And Bale’s public declaration has amused many opposition supporters – including Chelsea fan and NBA guard Josh Hart.
Hart, who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, took to Twitter on Tuesday to laugh at Tottenham’s situation.
‘Bale really used Tottenham for training,’ he wrote alongside three crying-laughter emojis.
Hart then went further comparing Bale’s situation to its NBA equivalent. The Pelicans guard said Bale used ‘Tottenham like it was the G-League’. The G League is the step below the NBA and is used to develop players who are trying to make it within basketball’s elite league.
However, the 26-year-old was forced to defend that tweet though after he was told to ‘respect’ the G League by one user.
And in doing so, Hart clarified his comments before throwing more shade at Tottenham.
‘No disrespect at all,’ he said. ‘I played in the G League for some games. You go there, get reps and work in. That’s what Bale just did with Tottenham.’
Hart took to Twitter on Tuesday to mock Spurs and say Bale has used them to ‘get reps in’
Hart is a big Chelsea supporter and has spoken about his passion for the club before.
‘I liked Chelsea in high school, but a little more in college I got into it,’ Hart said on the Chelsea Mike’d Up podcast last February.
‘I used to watch England a lot – John Terry, Frank Lampard, they played for Chelsea so I went with Chelsea.’
At the start of last term, he managed to fulfil a wish as he watched Chelsea in action at Stamford Bridge – attending their season-opening 2-2 draw with Leicester City. Before the match he met the likes of Christian Pulisic, Antonio Rudiger, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Blues legend John Terry. He was also treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the team dressing room and even got to walk out of the tunnel.
‘My first trip [to Stamford Bridge] was amazing,’ he continued. ‘The environment was amazing, the passion was something I’d never seen before.’
Hart is an avid Chelsea supporter and met some of their stars at the start of last season
The Welsh winger has a year left on his £31m-a-year contract at Zinedine Zidane’s (left) Madrid; Bale had enjoyed some fruitful form in the past few weeks under Jose Mourinho after a difficult start to life back in north London – but he was dropped against Aston Villa on Sunday