Jose Mourinho wanted a new centre-back over Gareth Bale in the summer
The 31-year-old Bale returned to Tottenham in the last summer window, signing on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid. Having left Spurs seven years ago for Spain, Bale’s return was seen as a huge coup, despite his recent struggles under Zinedine Zidane.
However, things have failed to work out for him upon his second coming at the club. Indeed, Bale has struggled with form and fitness and has struggled to establish himself in Mourinho’s team.
When given a chance, the Welsh wing-wizard has largely failed to make any sort of impact either, raising questions over Tottenham’s deal to sign him in the summer.
And now, it is being claimed that manager Jose Mourinho did not want to bring in the ex-Southampton trainee to Tottenham at all. Indeed, the Portuguese tactician had informed club chairman Levy that he would prefer a new centre-back over Bale.
However, chairman Levy, sensing the opportunity of an attractive deal that would see a former favourite return without paying any transfer fee, pounced on the chance to sign Bale.
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Six months into his second spell at Tottenham and it is safe to say that things have just not worked out for Bale. The Welshman has been an unused substitute in our last two games against Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion.
With the FA Cup game against Everton coming up next week, it will be interesting to see if Mourinho does opt to use the Wales international.