Confronted at the press conference of preview for the match against Lokomotiv Plovdiv, regarding the 2nd qualifying round for the Europa League, José Mourinho confirmed he appreciates Gareth Bale’s characteristics and qualities, Welsh winger who has been through hell in Madrid, at the service of Real, and who may be about to return to London, where he represented Tottenham between 2007 and 2013.
THE MOVE THAT TOOK BALE FROM LONDON TO MADRID
A leading figure in English football before his departure to Madrid, Gareth Bale stood out at Tottenham service for six seasons, where he evolved from a left-back position to a winger, going up a few meters on the pitch.
The new role that he began performing at Tottenham has placed the Welsh international amongst the fastest and most disconcerting wingers with the ball on the world football panorama, which has led Real Madrid to open the wallet during the final stages of the summer of 2013 transfer market by offering 101 million euros for the signing of Bale.
An important element in the Madrid team, where he dismantled several defensive systems pairing up with Cristiano Ronaldo, before the Portuguese departure for Juventus, Gareth Bale has been losing space in recent times and in 2019/20 was only used by Zinédine Zidane on 20 occasions.
Many times the Welshman was even out of the French coach’s squad or went simply as an unused substitute, with several controversial situations on the menu, including images showing Bale taking a nap in the middle of a Real Madrid match.
The distance between the player and Real Madrid’s technical responsibles has been widening more and more and even Bale’s professionalism has been frequently questioned, in my opinion with all propriety.
BALE’S AGENT CONFIRMS THAT THE CHANGE IS NEAR
That the breaking point between Bale and Real Madrid‘s board has already been reached we all realize, the problem is that the people from Madrid seem to have difficulty in giving up a player who, even though is responsible for a high load on the squad’s payroll, should not be able to leave for pennies, after the more than 100 million invested in his hiring.
In a statement made last night by Jonathan Barnett to Sky Sports News, the Welsh’s agent considered that “there is still a long way to go on some issues, but Gareth Bale has never been as close to leaving Real Madrid as he is now,” he began by saying.
“The agreement is complicated, but there are reasons to believe it’s close and things can go very fast if the negotiations go well,” he concluded.
This way, Gareth Bale’s move to Tottenham, where he will even have José Mourinho’s endorsement, may find success.
MOURINHO WILLING TO INCLUDE DELE ALLI IN THE NEGOTIATIONS
In the preview for the match that Tottenham played in Bulgaria, to reach the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League, the Portuguese coach was asked about the rumors that were going on, when he was at Manchester United, about his intention to hire Bale.
Without futher ados, Mourinho showed that he intends to count on the winger, not least because the desire to coach him goes back to a period still prior to his stay at Old Trafford.
“Even before that, I tried to hire him during my time at Real Madrid and the president followed my instincts and knowledge and, in the season I left, he brought Bale to the club. This is no secret and Gareth knows it,” threw the ‘Special One’.
At the same time of these statements, the absence of Dele Alli (valued at 64 million euros by Transfermarkt) from the list of summoned players for the knock out match against Lokomotiv Plovdiv, led the international press to point out the availability of Tottenham to add the English international in the negotiations with Real Madrid.
This seems to be a scenario that pleases the “merengues” board, and there is already an agreement principle for the transfer of Dele Alli to Real Madrid and Gareth Bale to Tottenham, with a buying option (it remains to be known if mandatory) at the end of the season.
With less than a month to go for the market to close, Tottenham is, in plain sight, looking to strengthen José Mourinho’s squad, who saw his team start this new edition of the Premier League with the wrong foot, losing last weekend while hosting Everton (0-1).
Next Sunday, the “spurs” have a demanding trip to Southampton’s venue, for the 2nd round of the Premier League. At Bet365, Tottenham has its victory odds at 2.30, which suggests that the bookmakers consider the task of Mourinho’s team at St. Mary’s rather complicated, by the way, only three days after the European commitment in Bulgaria.