Bale looks set to join Real Madrid this summer for a world record fee.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he wanted to sign Gareth Bale last summer, while he was manager of Real Madrid, Sky Sports reports.
The Portuguese manager, who left Madrid to re-join Chelsea earlier in the summer, says that his former club will be getting a “fantastic” player if the move does go through as expected.
He has also warned that the Welshman will face pressure to justify the world record price tag that Madrid are set to pay for him.
“I asked the club to buy him last season but it was not possible,” said Mourinho.
“It looks like it is happening this season so I am happy for them because they get a fantastic player but, of course, the numbers are huge numbers and the kid has to go now and there’s pressure to prove that he’s worth that investment.”
Bale was left out of Spurs pre-season friendly with Monaco on Saturday, increasing speculation that he maybe about to move to Real Madrid.
Reports suggest that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez are in talks at the moment to try and determine how the Bale deal will be structured, with Levy wanting Madrid to pay the full transfer fee up front.