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Mauricio Pochettino: 'Gareth Bale rejoining Tottenham Hotspur not realistic'

Pochettino: 'Bale signing not realistic'
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Mauricio Pochettino deems the prospect of Gareth Bale rejoining Tottenham Hotspur "unrealistic" but admits that Spurs are in need of strengthening their ranks.

Mauricio Pochettino has described the idea of Gareth Bale rejoining Tottenham Hotspur as "unrealistic" but admits that Spurs are in need of strengthening their ranks.

The North Londoners are yet to make a signing during this summer, with the transfer window set to shut on August 9 as opposed to the end of August.

Bale's Real Madrid future, meanwhile, has been unclear this summer, with conflicting reports over where the Welshman will be plying his trade come the autumn.

When asked by a Spanish reporter if Bale could be a target for Tottenham, Pochettino laughed and replied: "I think it's not realistic."

However, the Argentine added: "With or without injuries, I think that's our target [to bring in players] after finishing last season.

"We want to add some quality who can help us to achieve the goals we want. We are going to see what happens in the next few days."

Spurs, who suffered an International Champions Cup penalty shootout defeat against Barcelona in California on Saturday, are currently without nine players who featured in the World Cup semi-finals.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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