Mourinho wanted Bale for Madrid last year

Speculation has been rife over Bale's future Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Wales international Gareth Bale is still making headlines this weekend, after he stayed home as his Tottenham team mates head to Monaco for a pre-season friendly.

Speculation over the 24-year-old winger's future in the premier league has been rife, since reports emerged that Real Madrid had put in a vast bid to buy him from Spurs.

Spanish media have reported Bale is a step closer to signing that deal, as he didn't travel with Tottenham for the Monaco game

And today, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that he wanted to buy Bale last year, when he was in charge of the Spanish giants.


Bale returns for Wales duty

Not even the appearance of Gareth Bale could save Chris Coleman's side as they slumped to the bottom of World Cup qualifying Group A with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Serbia.