And the Portuguese admitted he wanted to sign the winger when he was Real manager – before Bale ended up joining Los Blancos.
“I tried to sign him for Real Madrid which was not possible to do during my time there,” Mourinho said.
“But the president followed my instinct and my knowledge and the season I left he brought Gareth to the club.
“There is no secret on [my admiration of the player], I think even Gareth knows that.”
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