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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale holds Jose Mourinho talks as Tottenham transfer edges closer

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Gareth Bale has spoken to Jose Mourinho about a move to Tottenham, his agent Jonathan Barnett has confirmed. Spurs are locked in talks with Real Madrid over a deal which would end Bale's Bernabeu nightmare and bring him back to north London, where he is idolised by supporters. 

While a lot still needs to happen for the deal to go ahead, Barnett has confirmed that his client is closer than ever to leaving Los Blancos.

He has willingly spoken to several outlets in the past 24 hours about negotiations, which seem to be moving increasingly closer.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Barnett has now confirmed that the Welshman has held talks with Spurs boss Mourinho about a return to the club he supports.

"There’s a long way to go on some issues, but without doubt Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in last seven years years. The deal is complicated, but there’s reason to believe a deal is close," he said.

"Things could move very quickly if discussions continue to go well. Gareth has spoken to Jose and explained how Spurs have a special place in his heart."

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The main complications surrounding a deal involve Bale's £600,000-a-week pay packet. As it stands, Tottenham simply cannot afford that kind of money.

However, Real Madrid are thought to be willing to pay a significant percentage of that to get him off their books. Bale's return to Spurs is likely to be an inital loan but a permanent deal is also being discussed.

Speaking ahead of Tottenham's Europa League qualifier with Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Mourinho refused to discuss Tottenham's stance on a transfer. He said: "Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player. I don't comment on players from other clubs.

"It's not my job to have contact with agents, I don't want to comment on that, especially on players at other clubs."

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However, the Portuguese did concede that he wanted to sign Bale whilst manager of Manchester United when pushed for an answer.

"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," Mourinho added.

"There's no secret to that. Even Gareth knows that but I'm not going to speak on him any more because he's a Real Madrid player."

There has been some suggestion that Dele Alli could head the other way to Real Madrid as part of the deal.

JUST IN: Tottenham chief Daniel Levy wants third transfer after Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon

That has been downplayed in Spain, who claim the two clubs are solely in contact over Bale and Sergio Reguilon.

Spurs have now agreed a £27million fee for the Spanish international, who could have his medical as early as tomorrow.

Daniel Levy is believed to have enquired about bringing Bale back to Tottenham during talks for the left-back. Both deals are now edging closer to completion.

At 31 years old, Bale still feels like he has plenty more to give to the game before he hangs up his boots.

Speaking while on international duty, Bale confirmed he would be intersted in a return to the Premier League if presented with the opportunity.

"If those options arise (interest from Premier League clubs) it is something I'd look at for sure," he said.

"We'll see what happens, we have plenty of time in this transfer window and a couple of others as well. Time will tell but mainly I think the reason is that the decision is in Real Madrid's hands.

"If those options arise (interest from Premier League clubs) it is something I'd look at for sure," he added.

"We'll see what happens, we have plenty of time in this transfer window and a couple of others as well. Time will tell but mainly I think the reason is that the decision is in Real Madrid's hands.

"I am only 31 still but I feel I am in great shape still and feel like I have a lot to give. We will see what happens. It's in the club's hands but they make things very difficult to be honest."

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