By Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline
Published: 12:05 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 13:19 BST, 16 September 2020
Jose Mourinho insists that it is 'no secret' that he tried to sign Gareth Bale when he was Real Madrid manager – but has refused to comment on the Welshman's proposed transfer to Tottenham.
Bale is on the cusp of sealing a sensational return to White Hart Lane and is currently in talks with Spurs over a loan move.
While a move appears to be imminent, Mourinho refused to be drawn in on the move before admitting that he has wanted to sign the 31-year-old in his previous job at the Bernabeu.
Jose Mourinho insists that is it 'no secret' that he tried to sign Gareth Bale as Real Madrid boss
Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of Bale and has tried to sign him multiple times
'I tried to sign him for Real Madrid which was not possible to do during my time there,' Mourinho said in his Wednesday press conference. 'But the president followed my instinct and my knowledge and the season I left he brought Gareth to the club.
'There is no secret on that. Even Gareth knows that. But I'm not going to speak about him anymore because he is a Real Madrid player.'
Despite having pursued a move for Bale during his time at the Bernabeu, Mourinho stepped down from his role as Real boss in May 2013, just months before Real president Florentino Perez paid a then-record £85million for the Welshman.
Months after Mourinho stepped down as boss, Real signed Bale for £85million in 2013
In those seven years, Bale has helped the Spanish giants win four