Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho reportedly told Daniel Levy that the club needed Gareth Bale’s drive and dynamism after their 1-0 defeat to Everton last Sunday. The Wales international is poised to return on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid. And that’s a blow to Manchester United, who were also keen on the 31-year-old.
Tottenham are acting big again, with Bale set to sign on the dotted line seven years after he left.
The Wales international was a vital asset for Spurs during his first stint in north London, particularly sparkling under Andre Villas-Boas during the Portuguese’s time at the White Hart Lane helm.
Bale left for Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 and, though he’s had his issues during the past two years, has been a good investment.
The 31-year-old moved for £86million and has propelled them to two La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns throughout a glittering stint.
Now, Bale is poised to return.
And the Daily Mail say it was Mourinho who drove the deal, telling Levy the club needed Bale’s drive and dynamism to elevate them to the next level.
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Tottenham were Champions League finalists in 2019.
That was a game that Bale himself watched, with the Real Madrid star saying earlier this year: “Everybody loves tuning in to watch the Champions League final, and obviously Tottenham were there so I had a very keen interest, I was hoping they’d get to the final like they did.
“They had some great matches on the way, obviously in the semi-final.
“For us Tottenham fans it was a bit disappointing in the final, but you have to look at the bigger picture. They did great to get there and gave a good account of themselves.”
But Tottenham have fallen drastically in the short time since.
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Mauricio Pochettino was sacked in October last year, with Mourinho then installed as his successor.
But the former Chelsea boss couldn’t steer the club into the Champions League, with Bale now having to strut his stuff in the Europa League instead.
If he can fire Tottenham to a trophy, then it will be £13m on wages well spent as far as Levy and Mourinho are concerned.
But how Bale ultimately does during his second spell at the club remains to be seen, with the forward struggling for form and fitness prior to his sensational return.
Meanwhile, Tottenham hero Dimitar Berbatov thinks Bale’s imminent return will ensure more faces move to the capital.
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He said: “It’s hard to say that this alone will make Spurs title challengers, but it is a sign to the world that they can do serious business.
“The players in the squad will be encouraged, and so will potential signings.
“Bale, [Harry] Kane, [Heung-min] Son, Dele Alli. Managers would kill for this frontline.
“On paper, they now have the strongest front-line in the league along with Liverpool.
“Bale is probably already texting Harry Kane and other Spurs players, chatting and looking forward to linking up.”
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