Jose Mourinho responds to Gareth Bale and Tottenham transfer speculation

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho did not want to comment on speculation suggesting Gareth Bale could be on his way back to north London.

Bale left Spurs back in 2013 for La Liga giants Real Madrid though has struggled in the Spanish capital in recent months.

Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane appears to not be a fan of the Welsh winger with Real now desperate to get Bale out of the club.

A loan return to Tottenham has been heavily talked about with Mourinho eager to strengthen his own attacking options this summer.

But the former Real boss, who took over at Spurs last November, was keeping tight-lipped when questioned on the Bale rumours.

"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."

Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has confirmed that the 31-year-old wants to return back to Tottenham.

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“Gareth still loves Spurs,” Barnett told BBC Sport Wales. “We are talking [Spurs, Real and Bale’s camp]. It’s where he wants to be.”

And Bale previously claimed that Tottenham’s decision to replace Mauricio Pochettino with Mourinho was a good one.

"Having [Jose] Mourinho there is an amazing statement from the club, I think he's a serial winner,” Bale told BT Sport in December last year.

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"Tottenham want to win trophies and I don't think there is a better partnership than Mourinho and Tottenham together to try and win some trophies.”

Tottenham began the new season in disappointing fashion as they lost 1-0 at home to Everton on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign.

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