Mourinho refuses to be drawn on Bale but is clear Spurs need another No 9

  • Bale’s agent says ‘there’s reason to believe a deal is close’
  • Kane ‘cannot play every match for 90 minutes’, manager says

José Mourinho stonewalled questions on Gareth Bale and whether he would like to bring him to Tottenham as he suggested the club’s reliance on Harry Kane at centre-forward was untenable.

Spurs have opened talks with Real Madrid over a deal to re-sign Bale on loan, with the chairman, Daniel Levy, determined to find a way to make it happen, and his agent, Jonathan Barnett, told Sky on Wednesday “there’s reason to believe a deal is close and things could move very quickly if discussions continue to go well. Without doubt Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in the last seven years.”

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