Every word Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said on Gareth Bale’s imminent arrival

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Tottenham are closing in on a deal for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, with the Welshman set to fly into London to complete a deal.

Spurs' interest only emerged last week, but negotiations between chairman Daniel Levy and the La Liga giants have gone at a rapid pace, with hopes a season-long loan move could be confirmed on Friday.

Bale underwent a medical at Madrid’s training ground on Thursday, and lawyers have drawn up contracts ahead of loan deal that will cost around £20million.

Real Madrid will subsidise Bale's wages in order to strike a deal, with the relationship between him and Zinedine Zidane beyond repair.

The winger is expected to arrive in London today, with the hopes of also confirming Sergio Reguilon's transfer from Real Madrid.

But despite the deal appearing to be imminent, Spurs manager Jose Mourinho refused to comment on the 31-year-old, following his side's comeback win vs Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League.

He said: “I don’t comment on something I don’t know. Until I’m told Gareth Bale is a Spurs player, I still think and feel and respect he’s a Real Madrid player so I’m not going to comment on a Real Madrid player.”

Meanwhile, former Real president Ramon Calderon has said the wing wizard was unlucky during his time at the Bernabeu, with comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo not helping his cause.

Calderon said: “I think it’s been a pity. He came with the handicap that we paid for him more than for Cristiano Ronaldo and that meant that he was under scrutiny all the time.

“They were thinking that he would be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, and on top of that he had many injuries and he was unlucky.

“It happens so many times that a player who is successful in one club is not in another one. I don’t know, really it hasn’t been a successful signing, which is a pity because, as I say, the player is a very good player.

“I think it’s the best option for everyone and for Tottenham, I think they are lucky having a player like Gareth Bale. People loved him there so I think this is the real time when he will leave and he will be playing for Tottenham.”

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