Exclusive: Jose Mourinho Offered Gareth Bale Deal as Daniel Levy Backs New Tottenham Boss

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has assured Jose Mourinho that if the he wishes to sign Gareth Bale during the upcoming January transfer window then he will thrash out the deal required to lure him back to north London. 

During a rollercoaster day for the Lilywhites, Mourinho was instilled as Spurs’ new boss just 12 hours after the shock sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday evening.

Bale himself has become a peripheral figure at ?Madrid, often consigned to a role on the bench or being left out of the squad entirely, more recently so since Zinedine Zidane returned to the Los Blancos dugout in March this year.

With Wales confirming their place in next summer’s Euro 2020 following their 2-0 win over Hungary, ?Bale risked the wrath of his manager after jokingly holding aloft a banner that claimed he preferred playing golf to featuring for Madrid.

The Welshman already has a frosty relationship with the Zidane and the Spanish media after being publicly ridiculed throughout his trophy-laden Madrid career, but the latest antics will have done little to win over the unamused fans and club hierarchy back in Spain.

90min understands, however, that his spell in Madrid could be brought to an end as soon as January, as Levy has given Mourinho assurances that the club will pursue a reunion with their former player if the Portuguese head coach wishes to do so.

It is an idea that Mourinho is not totally objecting to, having admired the 30-year-old’s ability for several years throughout his time as both a manager and a television pundit.

Bale is eager to earn regular playing time ahead of the upcoming European Championships, something that looks increasingly likely to be lessened following recent events. Even still, before the infamous banner, his time under Zidane was limited at best, and the club’s efforts to ship him off to the Chinese Super League during the summer only ended when Madrid pulled the plug at the 11th hour.

Should such a move come to fruition that would see Bale return to the ?Premier League, the most likely outcome would be a loan move in January. Whether any potential deal would be an initial loan with an option to sign permanently is not yet known, simply due to the matter of finances.

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?Tottenham would have to cover a substantial amount of Bale’s near £350k-per-week wages, with the price likely to come down to how much of that salary packet Spurs are willing to compensate. At present, a January loan seems the most likely avenue.

Whatever transpires, Mourinho is clearly being backed early by his new chairman, who has previously been known to be one of the more stringent chairman in English football when it comes to finances. This pledge from Levy is clear show of intent on his behalf to provide Mourinho with the tools he needs to succeed, as he looks to amend a torrid run of form that has Tottenham sitting 14th in the Premier League table after 12 matches.


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6 Things to Know About Arsenal, Real Madrid & Barcelona Target Reinier Jesus

Flamengo star Reinier Jesus has quickly forged a reputation as one of the most exciting young talents in world football, following a fine start to his professional career.

As a result, the 17-year-old has attracted interest from a number of top European clubs, who have been keen to keep an eye on his progression. 


Arsenal are now the latest team to enter the race to land the teenage sensation, with the club ?reportedly contacting the player’s father in a bid to steal a march on the other suitors. 

With Reinier continuing to attract the attention of clubs from around Europe, we take a look at six things that you may not yet know about the attacking midfielder. 


He’s Been Dubbed the ‘Next Kaka’

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Kaka was quite some player, wasn’t he?

Well, Reinier has been likened to his fellow Brazilian, with the youngster adopting a similar style of play. His footwork is astonishing, constantly dancing past defenders with consummate ease. In his short career to date, teams have recognised his abilities and reacted by putting more than one player on him to nullify his threat.

However, they didn’t realise that this simply delayed the inevitable. His speed of play and technical ability would leave defenders clueless in their efforts to stop him.

Standing at 6’1, Reinier also has the physical ability and prowess that makes him a nightmare to defend against. 


He’s Been Linked With a Whole Host of Clubs – For Some Time


As previously mentioned, the Flamengo youngster’s talents certainly haven’t gone unnoticed. Milan, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid were all linked with the player in the summer, but ?it appeared as though he would be heading to Everton. A deal never materialised, however.

Nonetheless, clubs have continued to pursue him and it was ?recently reported that Atletico were in ‘advanced talks’ to sign the midfielder. And the ?latest development is that ?Arsenal have entered the race while ?Barcelona are also closely monitoring him.

Reinier recently signed a new contract until 2024, but this has seen ?his release clause halved from €70m to just €35m – making him an even more attractive proposition for the interested parties. 


He’s Settled Quickly in the First Team


Reinier made his debut for Flamengo in their crucial Copa Libertadores second-leg comeback against Emelec at the beginning of August, playing the final 20 minutes before making his league debut against Bahia. 

On his full debut, he scored once and provided one assist against Avai. His goal was simply delightful, controlling the ball on his chest before playing a neat one-two before firing home. 

The prospect has gone on to net four times from 12 appearances in the league so far. These stats are made all the more impressive considering the fact that he has only played the full 90 minutes on three occasions. 


Zinedine Zidane Is His Idol

Zinedine Zidane

The midfielder has been likened to Kaka, but in fact, his role model and idol is ?Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. 

“I’m heavily inspired by [Zinedine] Zidane,” he once told interviewers, as quoted by ?the Sun. 

“I’ve watched a lot of videos on the internet of him playing. I’m always trying to execute plays like he did.”

Reinier is more than aware of the development of the likes of Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr. and with Real keeping an eye on the player’s progression, he may just relish the opportunity to play under his idol. Only time will tell. 


He Grew Up in a Footballing Family 

Reinier

Reinier is the son of world futsal champion Mauro Brasília. His father thrived in the fast paced and intense game, allowing him to help Reinier develop his skills growing up.

The results are remarkable, with the in-demand youngster now thriving thanks to his sensational ability to weave in and out of opposition players, with the ball sticking to his feet. 


He Has Had His Fair Share of Rejection 


The Brazilian was born in the capital before moving to Rio. He trained with Botafogo, Vasco da Gama and Fluminense in his early years, before eventually settling at Flamengo in 2013.

Originally starting out as a defensive-minded midfielder, the club recognised his talents and moved him further up the field, allowing him to flourish in a number ten role. Despite being told he was not good enough in his early days, Reinier is now proving to be one of Brazil’s – and world football’s – most exciting young talents. 


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Ferland Mendy Confident He Will Succeed Marcelo at Real Madrid

Real Madrid full-back Ferland Mendy has confidently claimed that he will succeed legendary defender Marcelo at the Bernabéu once he eventually moves on.

Marcelo currently remains part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans at the club, however, at the age of 31, and with 348 ?La Liga appearances to his name, it won’t be much longer until he decides to hang up his boots.

In June Mendy was announced as Madrid’s latest addition for a fee in the region of €50m, signing from Ligue 1 side Lyon. Four months into his time in the Spanish capital he has set his sights on his Brazilian teammate’s starting berth.


Speaking to Real Madrid TV, he said: “When a team like Madrid shows interest in you it’s something that makes you very happy and a train you must catch.

“I will be Marcelo’s successor. There’s still a long time to go until that happens, but if they signed me it’s because they saw potential. I have to keep working hard, but why not?”

This seems like a realistic claim, too, as Mendy won’t face any major competition for his place in the side due to the shallow depth in ?Real Madrid’s squad – particularly at left-back.

Mendy has hit the ground running on an international level with four senior appearances for France since his debut in 2018.

Furthermore, he has graced the ?Champions League scene on ten occasions, including a recent triumphant display against Galatasaray in which his side put six past the Turkish giants, while also keeping a clean sheet.


It wasn’t always plain sailing for him, though, as at age 15 he was told that he would never play football again due to a major hip injury.

“When you’re 14 or 15 years old and the doctors tell you that you can’t play football you just break down,” he said when asked about the earlier stages of his career.

Now though, with the past behind him and the future in his sights, he is moulding into a terrific footballer.

As a strong passer of the ball, an accomplished dribbler and a wonderful tackler, Ferland Mendy has all the tools required to become a world-class defender.

If he reaches his sky-high potential, there’s no reason as to why he can’t indeed follow in Marcelo’s footsteps at Real Madrid.

The moral of the story? Never give up.

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Eden Hazard Praises Karim Benzema & Speaks Out on Ongoing Rift With French Football Federation

Eden Hazard has praised Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema, hailing him as currently the best striker in the world, while also commenting on the Frenchman’s issues with the French Football Federation.

Benzema has been Real’s leading light in attack since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus last year, scoring 30 goals in 47 La Liga games since the start of last season.

His form led to talk of a possible recall to the France national team squad, but such talk was quickly ?quashed by FFF president Noël Le Graët, who claimed Benzema’s ‘adventure with France is over’.

Eden Hazard,Karim Benzema

?Hazard has now given his take on the situation, hailing the striker’s all-round game and offering his sympathy to Benzema’s current international predicament.


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“After having played with him for three or fourth months, I think that, right now, he’s the best striker in the world,” Hazard said, as quoted by ?Marca“But [also] away from his role as a striker, he makes others better.”

Regarding ?Benzema’s current situation with the FFF, Hazard added: “I feel for him. “It’s always easier to play against a team that doesn’t have Benzema in it.”

Hazard has come in for criticism at the beginning of his Real career, initially stumbling for form, but has since turned things around with a number of good performances, even if his stats remain pretty modest at just one goal and one assist in seven league games this season.

He, Benzema and the rest of the Real squad will looking to put more pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona on Saturday in what is already an extremely tight title race.

Karim Benzema

?Barça lead ?Real on goal difference, with the two teams sitting on 25 points apiece with Los Blancos having a game in hand, while Atletico Madrid and Sevilla both have 24. Real Sociedad are in fifth with 23 points.

Oh, and just by the way, you know the bit where Hazard calls Benzema the best striker in the world currently? Come on now. Show big Bobby Lewandowski the respect the deserves, capiche?

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Women Footballers in Spain Suspend Strike After Breakthrough in Negotiations

?Women footballers in Spain’s top flight have temporarily suspended their strike over minimum pay and rights as a deal with the government appears to be getting closer.

After roughly 13 months of failed talks, almost 200 players representing all 16 Primera Iberdrola clubs voted in favour of going on strike. As a result, all eight fixtures on the weekend were postponed as players refused to take to the field.


However, the Association of Women’s players (AFE) has now provided an update on the situation, revealing, as quoted by BBC Sport: “After the success of the strike, an agreement has been reached to work on the proposal.”

?Sky Sports build on this and claim that the ministry for employment ‘guaranteed’ players a minimum salary of €16,000 per year (£13,700), as well as full-time contracts. Because of this offer, the players have halted the strike and will now work until 20 December. 

“AFE wishes to state that the majority of the players think the offer made by the ministry for employment is positive and our association has told them we are ready to accept it,” the AFE continued.

Prior to this agreement, the president of the players’ union David Aganzo ?stated that 18 meetings were held without a suitable deal being offered and reiterated the importance of footballers having a ‘decent agreement to recognise their labour rights’.


A video was recently published on social media by the AFE supporting the strike, which included Athletic Bilbao’s Ainhoa Tirapu and Silvia Meseguer of ?Atletico Madrid.

Tirapu spoke directly at the camera, saying: We are the same as you, we are workers. It’s the time, the time to make history.”

Despite the events that have unfolded and the length of time that it has taken, it appears as though progress is being made in regard to pay and labour rights. 

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