GARETH BALE has been inked with a return to Tottenham – after praising the appointment of ‘serial winner’ Jose Mourinho.
The Welshman, 30, strongly rumoured to be returning to England next year, worked with Mourinho when he was Real Madrid boss from 2010-2013.
And Mourinho has remained a fan of the wing wizard, who joined Real from star for £85million in 2013.
Bale told BT Sport he believed Spurs had made a top call by bringing in the Special One to replace sacked Mauricio Pochettino.
He said: “Having Mourinho there is an amazing statement from the club, I think he’s a serial winner.
“Tottenham want to win trophies and I don’t think there’s a better partnership than Mourinho and Tottenham together to try and win some trophies.”
Bale, who missed out on a summer £1million-a-week deal to join China Super League club Jiangsu Suning, has been linked with Manchester United and Spurs this season.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane has made it clear he wants to get Bale’s £600,000-a-week wages off the Bernabeu wage bill to enable him to fund moves for the likes of Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.
Mourinho wants to fund a 2020 bid for Bale, according to Spanish media.
But realistically the only way that will happen is if Real fund at least 60 per cent of his weekly wage.
Anything above £200,000-a-week for Bale would shatter the strict wage structure in N17, put in place by ruthless owner Daniel Levy.
If Tottenham miss out, United could get their man as it seems certain the Welshman will quit Spain.
Bale has been a target for the Bernabeu boo-boys for several years.
He told BT Sport: “I think the first time it happened, it was a bit of a shock. I didn’t really know how to deal with it.
“But as I’ve got older, it’s happened one or two more times and you understand how to deal with it.
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“Now I just shrug it off. In way, with respect it’s the best place to get whistled if you don’t perform which I understand.
“Obviously I have to just keep working hard and keep proving to the fans what I can do. Eventually the whistles do stop and you get on with your career like normal.”
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