Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has spoken of his regret in failing to sign former Spurs talisman Gareth Bale, during his tenure at Real Madrid.

The Welshman joined Los Blancos in September 2013 under then-manager Carlo Ancelotti, almost four months after the Portuguese had resigned his post at the Bernabéu.

Mourinho expressed his relent at the club’s inability to bring him in while at the helm of the Spanish giants, and was quoted by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who indicated Mourinho’s interest in the Welsh forward was no secret.

Bale, who has fallen out of favour at the Madridistas, has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with The Lilywhites and Manchester United the top of potential suitors.

Potential return for Gareth Bale

It was reported that the Welshman is in talks with former club Tottenham, regarding a move back to the north London outfit, where he was involved in 114 goals from 203 matches in all competitions (56 goals and 58 assists).

It is believed that negotiations are ongoing, with his wage demands a potential obstacle for Spurs.

However, Mourinho has distanced himself with reports linking Bale with a prospective return to the club, out of respect for his former club, who Bale remains to be part of.


His current contract is due to expire in June 2022, however, having played just 20 times last season, a move may favour Bale, who made 16 league appearances and just one start in their Champions League campaign.

Wales v Bulgaria - UEFA Nations League
CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 06: Gareth Bale of Wales looks on during his warm up prior to the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Wales and Bulgaria at Cardiff City Stadium on September 06, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Gareth Bale’s record since moving to the Bernabéu

He has scored 105 goals and provided 68 assists from 251 appearances overall, since moving to the Spanish capital.

He has won the Champions League four times, three of which came in successive seasons, as well as four Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, two La Liga titles, the Copa Del Rey and the Supercopa de España.

Likelihood of transfer

Los Blancos have a somewhat good relationship with Tottenham, having been involved with a handful of transfers in the past, including the sale of Rafael van der Vaart and the acquisitions of Luka Modrić and Bale.

Their previous dealings could have a baring on Bale being allowed to return to Spurs.

The Premier League side are reportedly close to finalising a deal for Real’s Sergio Reguilón and could secure a double swoop from Madrid, should talks escalate for Bale.

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