Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has backed the signings of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon and hinted he would have liked the chance to re-sign the winger.
Spurs are expected to announce the double signing from Real Madrid on Friday, in turn, sealing a stunning return for Bale.
The 31-year-old is set to join Spurs on a season-long loan worth around £20million, while Reguilon will sign on a permanent deal.
Real Madrid were desperate to strike a deal for Bale, whose relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane was damaged beyond repair. The La Liga giants are reportedly set to subsidise some of his £600,000-per-week wages in order to offload him in the current window.
The pair could be registered in time to play Southampton this weekend – although Bale faces around four weeks on the sideline with a minor injury.
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And Pochettino, who was replaced by Jose Mourinho last year, believes both signings will improve the quality of the squad.
Speaking to El Partidazo de COPE, Pochettino said: “Bale is a magnificent footballer at an age that still has strength as well as experience and maturity.
“He has been decisive in Madrid, he has won four European Cups, he has scored in important games… he has always been very affectionate with me.”
Asked if there was ever chance to sign Bale during his time in the Spurs dugout, Pochettino added: “There was never the possibility.
“Everything was focused on the construction of the stadium, but it would have been a great contribution for the team.”
On Reguilon, the Argentinian feels Spurs have a player that can devlop under Mourinho’s tutelage: “It seems to me that he has a lot of spirit. He has great potential and will continue to grow.”
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