Jose Mourinho refuses to comment as Gareth Bale linked to Tottenham return

Gareth Bale could be moving back to Spurs
Gareth Bale could be moving back to Spurs - (Copyright PA Archive)
12:31pm, Wed 16 Sep 2020
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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has refused to comment on the club’s attempts to re-sign Gareth Bale.

The PA news agency understands the Real Madrid winger’s representatives are working on a deal to take Bale back to Spurs.

But ahead of his side’s Europa League second-round qualifying clash with Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Mourinho said: “Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player and I don’t comment on players from other clubs.

“That is not my job to have contacts with agents. I don’t want to comment on that.”

The 31-year-old swapped the north London club for the Spanish capital in 2013, winning four Champions Leagues during a medal-laden stint at the Bernabeu.

But Bale has found himself marginalised under Zinedine Zidane and a return to Spurs could be on the cards.

The two parties were still in discussions to get the move done on Wednesday morning, PA understands.

It is a complicated deal that will inevitably encounter problems given Bale’s wages and contract length at the Bernabeu, but it is one that the Welshman is keen to make.

Meanwhile, Tottenham trained with a full squad ahead of their European trip to Bulgaria.

Giovani Lo Celso was present after he missed Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton with a hamstring injury.

The likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura were all present as boss Mourinho looks set to travel with a strong squad.

Mourinho says Tanguy Ndombele is not fit enough to start, but his process is a “positive” one.

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