Mourinho: I tried to sign Bale

The Portuguese claims he wanted to bring the Welshman to the Spanish capital last year before a move fell through, and has backed Carlo Ancelotti to help the 24-year-old thrive

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he attempted to lure Tottenham star Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last season.

The Wales international appears to be drawing closer to a potentially world-record move to Santiago Bernabeu, but Mourinho has made it clear that the 24-year-old could have been plying his trade in Spain for the past 12 months had his plans last summer come to fruition.

“I asked the club to buy him [Bale] last season but it was not possible,” Mourinho told ESPN.

“It looks like it is happening this season so I am happy for them because they have got a fantastic player but, of course, the numbers are huge numbers and the kid has to go now and there’s pressure to prove that he’s worth that investment.

“I think he’s a fantastic player and the way my Real Madrid was playing, I think it was an easy player to fill a space and to get into that tactical dynamic.

“I don’t know what Carlo [Ancelotti] is thinking now but Carlo is an experienced coach and for sure will get the best out of him.”

Bale has a contract with Spurs until June 2016, but the Premier League side are seemingly ready to cash in on him this summer if their €115 million valuation of the player is met.

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