Rumours of a potential Gareth Bale return to Tottenham have swiftly been shot down, his agent describing the talk as ‘made up’.
Bale has tentatively been linked with a move back to Spurs throughout the January transfer window, with Jose Mourinho known to be a long-term admirer of the Wales international.
With Deadline Day upon us once again, The Times reported overnight that there was ‘growing confidence among the Spurs hierarchy’ that the former winger could return to the club before today’s 11pm deadline.
The report claimed that Daniel Levy recently ‘travelled to Madrid for talks’ with Florentino Perez about a potential deal for Christian Eriksen, and while the Denmark international has since joined Inter Milan, Mr Levy also ‘expressed Tottenham’s desire to resign Bale’, with a ‘breakthrough in negotiations’ said to have been reached.
However, those reports seem to be wide of the mark, with Zinedine Zidane insisting that he is ‘counting on’ the 30-year-old for the remainder of the season.
“Gareth is here with us and I am counting on him and I am not contemplating this possibility,” the Real Madrid boss told a press conference on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, speaking to Sky Sports News Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, also rubbished the report: “I won’t comment on made up stories.”