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Bale to Real Madrid talk cools
08 Oct 2010 - 15:58:13
The chances of Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale from Tottenham appear to be over after Jose Mourinho revealed he was not interested in signing another left winger.
The Wales international was said to be on Real's radar, but Mourinho now appears to have quashed those rumours.
Spurs rejected an approach for ex-Southampton star Bale from an unnamed club in the summer before the 21-year-old signed a new four-year contract at White Hart Lane.
Mourinho told Spanish television station Gol T: "Madrid are constantly being linked with this player and that player but I want to say that I do not want another left winger.
"Marcelo now has offensive quality and defensively he is growing. I didn't like anything about Marcelo when I arrived because I thought he could do everything but defend but now I am a lover of his."
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was quoted earlier in the month as saying: "I read in the papers the other day that Gareth's performances for Spurs have already caught the attention of other teams around the world - including Real Madrid and their manager, a certain Jose Mourinho.
"Jose certainly knows a player when he sees one, but one thing is for sure - I am not letting Gareth go anywhere. Tottenham is a team on the up and we are building something at White Hart Lane. Jose can enjoy watching Gareth all he likes, but he will be going nowhere.
"I do not make comparisons lightly but he and Ashley Cole are quite similar and that can only be a massive compliment to Gareth. My left-back has come through an amazing 12 months and matured into one of the best players in his position in the world."