Sport Jose Mourinho's evasive Gareth Bale comments just hours before imminent Tottenham signing flies to London
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The winger is on the verge of completing a sensational return to Tottenham HotspurThe Welshman is on the brink of sealing a return to the club he left for a record fee back in 2013, and Rivaldo believes Spurs can help the winger recapture his best form once again.
Jose Mourinho has once again refused to comment on Tottenham's move for Gareth Bale, despite reports suggesting he is set to fly into the UK on Friday to complete a season-long loan.
The Spurs boss has previously remained coy on on the whole saga, and was once again in evasive mood after his side's 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
"I cannot comment," he said when questioned on the Welshman,
"I don't comment on something that I don't know.
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"For me, at this moment, until I'm toldis a Tottenham player, I still think and feel and respect the fact that he's a Real Madrid player, so I'm not going to comment on a Real Madrid player."
According to, Bale spent several hours at Real Madrid's training ground on Thursday, where he is believed to have completed part of his Spurs medical.
Reports in Spain have also suggested Bale took the time to bid farewell to this Real Madrid team-mates - and boss Zinedine Zidane.
There was some suggestion on Wednesday the deal taking Bale back to the club he left for a record £86m fee in 2013 was done, but it seems there is still some way before he officially becomes a Spurs player.
Lawyers in both Spain and England are believed to be drawing up contracts to complete the move, with Spurs agreeing to pay around £20m in wages and loan fees.
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The deal is expected to be completed before Bale flies to London.
The 31-year old is expected to be joined on the journey by team-mate Sergio Reguilon, who also appears to be closing in on a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium himself, although on a permanent basis.
Both players are unlikely to be subjected to quarantine requirements when they arrive in London given they have both been in an elite sporting environment where coronavirus protocols have been adhered to.
The duo will also have to return negative test results within five days prior to entering the UK.
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Nevertheless, a knee injury and a lack of match fitness means Bale is unlikely to be available for around a month or so.
In the meantime, there's clearly a little longer to go on negotiations.
Speaking to AFP on Wednesday, Bale's agent said: "It's close but not done. It's a complicated deal."
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