Jose Mourinho tight-lipped on Tottenham’s move for Gareth Bale but confirms long-standing interest

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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho remained tight-lipped on the club’s attempts to re-sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid but tellingly revealed he has tried to recruit the Wales international in two of his previous jobs.

Mourinho claimed he had not only tried to buy Bale during his time in charge of United but that he had wanted to sign the forward for Real Madrid in 2012 – a year before Los Blancos agreed a then world-record £85million deal with Tottenham.

Spurs on Wednesday remained locked in talks with Real over a sensational move to re-sign the 31-year-old , most likely on a loan deal with the Spanish giants subsidising at least half of his £600,000-a-week salary.

Asked for the latest, Mourinho said: “Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player. I don’t comment on players from other clubs.

“It’s not my job to have contact with agents, I don’t want to comment on that, especially on players at other clubs.”

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Pushed on his attempts to sign Bale for United, however, Mourinho said: “Even before that, I tried to sign him for Real Madrid, which was not possible to do during my time there but the president followed my instinct and my knowledge and the season I left he brought Gareth to the club.

“There’s no secret to that. Even Gareth knows that but I’m not going to speak on him any more because he’s a Real Madrid player.”

Spurs are also close to agreeing a £25million deal for Real left-back Sergio Reguilon but Mourinho insisted his transfer plans had not changed following the deflating opening-day defeat to Everton on Sunday .

“I don’t speak about the market because we lost versus Everton,” he said. “I gave my vision in a written documentary, periodically, three or four times since I arrived at the club and Mr. Levy has all my views based on my experience and my knowledge, not based on a result. It’s not a bad result that makes me change my idea and go to the laptop and change the things I wrote months and weeks ago.”

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Eric Dier also declined to be drawn on the speculation but disagreed with the suggestion that Spurs’ dressing room needs fresh blood.

“[Bale] is still in the Real Madrid dressing room so I really can’t talk about a player from another team,” Dier said. “It’s got nothing to do with me.

“From the fans’ point of view, when you’re linked with a player of that level, it’s extremely exciting for any club. For me personally it doesn’t really affect me in any way. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time. There’s constant speculation about people going different places, different talk in football every day.”

“I’d disagree [that the dressing room needs a refresh],” Dier added. “Since I’ve been back for pre-season, I feel like there is new blood in the dressing room. Steven Bergwijn here six months, Gedson Fernandes six months, Pierre [-Emile Hojbjerg] arriving, Matt [Doherty] arriving. I already feel it’s a very different dressing room to the one when I arrived. The dressing room isn’t in a bad place – we’ve had one game. “

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