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Gareth Bale has been linked with a return to Tottenham Hotspur in almost every transfer window over the last few years. The Welshman was a hero at White Hart Lane all those years ago and he has been linked with return to North London again this summer.

However, Spurs could actually pull it off this time. Bale has no future at Real Madrid, and where better to continue playing football than at the club where he made his name?

Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, told BBC Sport that his client ‘loves Spurs’ and Tottenham is ‘where he wants to be’.

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Mourinho was asked about Tottenham’s interest in re-signing Bale and the Spurs boss claimed that he wanted to sign the Real Madrid man when he was still in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He was quoted by the Mail saying: “Even before that, I tried to sign him for Real Madrid which was not possible to do during my time there. But the president followed my instinct and my knowledge and the season I left he brought Gareth to the club.

“There is no secret on that. Even Gareth knows that. But I’m not going to speak about him anymore because he is a Real Madrid player.”

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Bale to Tottenham would be a massive statement

That neither confirms nor denies Tottenham’s reported interest in Bale but one thing is clear – Mourinho is a big fan of the Welshman.

Bale played over 200 times for Tottenham during his time at the club and was directly involved in 114 goals. He played in a variety of positions for Spurs but, if he returns now, he would be a key attacker.

A front three of Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Bale would be among the best in the Premier League.

Spurs’ chances of making it into the top four would increase considerably if the Welshman returns, which is looking like a serious possibility at the moment.

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