Gareth Bale's second Tottenham era begins

Mourinho admits even he 'didn't expect' Spurs impressive summer recruitment

After taking charge of United from Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes identified Bale - along with Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas - as priority signings.

But things could have been different if the Scot had secured Bale, who he wanted as his first summer signing at the time.

After seven long years away from the Premier League, Gareth Bale could make his second Tottenham debut against West Ham on Sunday.

Bale was one of the hottest properties in football after starring for Spurs in the 2012-13 season, eventually joining Madrid for a then-world record £85m.

The current No. 1 Real Madrid spent seven years at Stamford Bridge, claiming two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup, before moving to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2018, where he became team-mates at Bale.

"Gareth Bale was probably the first name I thought of when I got the [United] job", he said. I tried to hijack it.

That's despite The Red Devils offering more money than Real Madrid and to the player. "I tried to get him", revealed Moyes. They offered more money to the player. Gareth's always been one that has got that ability to pass the ball as well, he can play with his head up'.

"I think that Daniel Levy won't appreciate it too much, but we had Willian in our office at Spurs, watching the Champions League game together, before he left the room and signed for Chelsea that night", he added.

Bale secured a sensation loan return to north London this summer after falling out of favour at Madrid but is yet to feature for Spurs as he steps up his fitness.

Mourinho has made clear that the 31-year-old will be given the chance to pick up where he left off in 2013 by playing in his favoured position - on the right, with Son Heung Min on the left and Harry Kane through the middle.

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