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Chelsea boss Mourinho: I tried to sign Bale for Real Madrid

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits he tried to sign Gareth Bale while in charge of Real Madrid.

The Tottenham star is expected to move to Real next week.

"I asked the club to buy him [Bale] last season but it was not possible," Mourinho told ESPN.

"It looks like it is happening this season so I am happy for them because they have got a fantastic player but, of course, the numbers are huge numbers and the kid has to go now and there's pressure to prove that he's worth that investment.

"I think he's a fantastic player and the way my Real Madrid was playing, I think it was an easy player to fill a space and to get into that tactical dynamic.

"I don't know what Carlo [Ancelotti] is thinking now but Carlo is an experienced coach and for sure will get the best out of him."

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