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.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

d like to add players who push their team-mates out of the way to celebrate on their own

exhausted
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

I

f I were Manuel Pellegrini I would keep quiet and hope the Board didn't notice City not winning anything. If he isn't sacked I'd be astonished.

lfcfan80
Pellegrini: I won't be sacked

S

till I suppose it still gives him at least another year in the job. By the time it comes around , he can always make up another excuse. First it was 3 months , then a year .....Next year ? Whats his excuse with Van Persie ?

spud1
Di Maria 'could peak next year'

Footer 365

Neville 'concerned' over Reds form

Gary Neville has admitted that he is "concerned" that a resurgent Liverpool could qualify for the Champions League ahead of Manchester United.

Boro claim top spot as Derby lose

Middlesbrough became the new Championship leaders as they took advantage of Derby's latest slip by beating Millwall 3-0.

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom: Benteke's late show helps end Villa's long wait for a win

Tim Sherwood recorded his first win as Aston Villa boss as Christian Benteke's late penalty helped beat West Brom 2-1.

Mail Box

Sherwood's cringeworthiness, Matic's Wembley celebrations, why LVG must show balls - it's all here in your Wednesday afternoon Mailbox...

United's No 2 Isn't That Bad Either...

One mailboxer is getting in a flap about the claim Man Utd would struggle without De Dea, while there's some anger directed at Chelsea...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company