-Mourinho ready to pounce on Gareth Bale.
-The Manchester United boss hopes for a win against Real Madrid in the UEFA super cup.
Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, has openly declared his readiness to bring Welsh winger, Gareth Bale back to the premier league, particularly Old Trafford should the opportunity present itself.
Speaking to reporters in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Monday, ahead of his team’s clash with Real Madrid in the UEFA super cup, Mourinho said he would wait to see what Bale’s role in Tuesday’s match was before deciding whether to go ahead with the pursuit of the Welshman.
“If he plays tomorrow it is because he is in the plans of the coach and the club, and it is in his own plans and ambitions to stay there. Then I won’t even think about it,” said Mourinho of the 28-year-old former Tottenham star.
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“If he is not in the club’s plans and it is true that a player like Bale is at the departure gate, I will try to be there waiting for him at the other side.
“But if he plays tomorrow it is the clearest signal that he is staying there.”
Bale cost Real Madrid 100.8 million euros when he moved to the Spanish capital from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 in what was then a world record fee.
However, injuries restricted his involvement during last season’s run-in and he was only a substitute in Real’s 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus in Cardiff.
He has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu with Real among the clubs fighting for the signature of Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.
United have already spend close to £150 million in this transfer window on Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica, Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
Mourinho also confirmed that, while Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are on the sidelines, Tim Fosu-Mensah did not travel to the Balkans with the squad because he is set to seal a loan move away from the club.
Mourinho is hoping for an additional piece of silver ware as his team goes against Real Madrid in the UEFA super cup.
“The only thing I hope is that tomorrow, the team that wins, if some team wants to celebrate, a player wants to get his medal, enjoy with his teammates, I just expect that the doping committee sends somebody with him and doesn’t close him in a room and forbid the guy to enjoy a special moment.”