Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho said that chase of Gareth Bale was “game over” after the Wales forward started in Real Madrid’ 2-1 Europan Super Cup on Tuesday.
On the eve Mourinho said of the contest between the Champions League and Europa League holders that he would “fight with other clubs” to sign Bale if he did not start the game in Skopje.
Coach Mourinho said to BT Sport, “Clearly the club wants him, the manager wants him and he wants the club so clearly game over before it had even started, as everybody knows he is going to stay.”
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez also lined out selling the player he brought to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2013 for world record fee of 85.5 million pounds. The Madrid chief said to the reporters “I can’t contemplate selling him, he’s a Real Madrid player, he’s important to us and he’s one of the best in the world.”
Bale started up front alongside with Karim Benzema in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and place on the pass for Isco to net Real’s second goal. He hardly missed out on scoring himself as he thundered a shot against the bar later in the second half.
Bale said “I’m not reading anything, although people tell me bits and bobs. I’m enjoying my football and playing as much as I can and winning trophies.”
He added, “It is obviously great to keep adding to the trophy collection. It was a difficult game but I think we played well and controlled the game very well. We want to keep winning and every game we still have the hunger and desire.”
The Portuguese coach said “I think we did well, I think we lost to one goal which shows the result was really short (tight) and one of their goals was an offside. With a good VAR system, it would be 1-1 and extra time. We were playing a team full of fantastic players but we discussed (contested) the result until almost the end. We gave them a fight but have reasons to leave optimistic and proud.”