Pochettino offers curious response when asked about Gareth Bale

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur gestures during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, 2019...

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Gareth Bale this week.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the International Champions Cup match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at the Singapore National Stadium on July 21,...

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told Football.London that he isn't sure whether Gareth Bale is in talks with the club about a return.

Spurs beat Juventus 3-2 in the International Champions Cup this afternoon, with Harry Kane scoring a stunning injury-time winner from the halfway line.

Tottenham fans will be encouraged by such a fine display, and it came just hours after more speculation about Real Madrid star Bale's future.

 

Real boss Zinedine Zidane has revealed that the Welshman is very close to leaving the Spanish giants, even admitting that he hopes Bale leaves soon, as quoted by BBC Sport.

That has set tongues wagging about Bale's next club, and naturally, some have wondered whether a return to Tottenham could be on the cards.

Bale left Spurs in 2013 after become a superstar in North London, and many have hoped that he would make a return to the club one day.

Just days ago, Marca reported that Spurs had contacted Real about a move for Bale, but the money involved was something of a problem.

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Gareth Bale of Real Madrid looks on from the substitute bench before the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 19, 2019 in Madrid,...

Now, Pochettino has been asked about the situation, admitting that he doesn't know who will sign him, and doesn't know whether or not Tottenham are in talks about a deal because it's up to chairman Daniel Levy.

"I saw in the media but I do not know which club is going to sign him," said Pochettino. "I do not know if it is us or another club. It is the job of my chairman to build the best possible club,” he added.

That's a curious response from Pochettino, who is usually keen to shut down any rumours. He's left this one somewhat open, and fans will now wonder whether Bale really could make a return.

Pochettino loves to have fun with the media though, and this may be another case of that. After all, Bale is in his 30's, with huge wages and major injury woes; if he wasn't a former Spurs hero, few would be even talking about him as a potential Tottenham target.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale during La Liga match between Real Madrid and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain. Final score: Real Madrid 3 - Athletic Club de...

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