Mourinho hails 'fantastic' Bale

Jose Mourinho has revealed he wanted Real Madrid to sign "fantastic player" Gareth Bale last year.

Last Updated: 03/08/13 at 13:15 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho wanted Gareth Bale at Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho wanted Gareth Bale at Real Madrid.

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Jose Mourinho has revealed he wanted Real Madrid to sign Gareth Bale last year and believes the Spanish giants will have a "fantastic player" if the Wales international's proposed move to the Bernabeu goes ahead.

The Chelsea manager, though, also warned Bale of the pressure that will be on him to justify his transfer tag if, as has been speculated, Madrid end up paying a world-record fee to prise him away from Tottenham.

Mourinho, who left Madrid this summer after three years in charge before returning to Stamford Bridge, told ESPN of his hopes to sign Bale last season, saying: "I asked the club to buy him last season but it was not possible.

"It looks like it is happening this season so I am happy for them because they get 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."

Mourinho believes Bale would have fitted in well in his Madrid side and expects his successor Carlo Ancelotti to make the most of the Welshman's talents as well if he moves to Spain.

"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," the Portuguese added.

"I don't know what Carlo is thinking now but Carlo is an experienced coach and for sure will get the best out of him."


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is brilliant! All these years of moral ambiguity, grey areas of offence and context..now we have a simple, easy to follow guide to right and wrong. What did you do today? I kicked the face off a panda . Oh well, you didn't rape, kill anyone or abuse a minor, knock yourself champ.

megabrow (cufc)
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

I

wonder if he'd feel the same way if he wasn't a white, non-jewish heterosexual male. Because Mackay has basically insulted everyone else!

Jay_D
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

C

heers Harry. I was wondering if he'd murdered anyone

Ezy_Rider
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

Footer 365

England boss Roy Hodgson sets his sights on winning Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson has put England's awful World Cup display behind him and has set his sights on winning Euro 2016.

Malky Mackay apologises for offensive texts while Cardiff manager

Malky Mackay has issued an official apology for sending offensive text messages during his time as Cardiff manager.

Dutch Eredivisie: Ajax v PSV preview

Ajax hope to steal a march on title rivals PSV when the two sides clash at the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday, live on Sky.

Mail Box

More Fan Mail For Football365...

'Just p*ss off with your righteous indignation will you. W*nkers.' There's a lot of anger going around for what should have been a sleepy Friday afternoon at F365 Towers...

Man United: One Game To Save Season

They have one match to convince decent players that they are worth joining - over to you, Louis. We also have mails on Malky Mackay, Mario Balotelli and Tim...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property