Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho coy over Gareth Bale transfer as Real Madrid star nears move


Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has remained tight-lipped on his club’s efforts to sign Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale as the transfer edges closer to completion.

Mourinho faced the press this afternoon to preview Spurs’ Europa League qualifying clash with Lokomotiv Plovdiv tomorrow.

The Portuguese manager fielded questions on Bale, who is closing in on a return to White Hart Lane.

“I’m not going to comment on Gareth Bale – a Real Madrid player,” Mourinho said.

“I tried to sign him for Real Madrid which was not possible during my time there.

“But the president followed my instinct and followed my knowledge and the season I left he brought Gareth to the club.”

Tottenham are negotiating with Real over a one-year loan deal in which the La Liga side will cover 50 percent of Bale’s £500,000-a-week salary.

The 31-year-old’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has admitted that the transfer is nearing completion, despite Mourinho keeping his cards close to his chest.

“It is close but not done,” Barnett told AP. “It is a complicated deal.”

Bale left Spurs for Real in 2013 for a then-world record £86m fee.

However, Zinedine Zidane has not fancied the attacker and has ostracised him during both of his spells in charge.



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