Steve Nicol: Gareth Bale is not a Jose Mourinho type player

Steve Nicol: Gareth Bale is not a Jose Mourinho type player

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Manchester United target and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is not a Jose Mourinho type player according to ESPN pundit Steve Nicol.

The Welsh international has been the subject of the Manchester club’s interest since last summer when Mourinho even went public with his pursuit of him.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane managed to hold onto his key player and the rumours appeared to die down a little until the recent winter transfer window opened once more.

United are once more linked with Bale who is reportedly available for a cut-price fee as the capital club are frustrated with his fitness issues.

Nicol though believes the links are just rumours and that Gareth is not even a Mourinho type player due to the manager’s apparent defensive mindedness.

According to Caught Offside, Steve said: “No, I don’t see him as a Mourinho player. Bale is a player that you’ve got to give a lot of licence to to go and find the ball, to go and get it and then do what you do, which is score spectacular goals and use pace and all those things.

“I just don’t see him fitting in at United.”

Nicol’s words do seem a little strange due to Jose’s attempt at stealing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid in the summer ahead of the clubs’ clash in the UEFA Super Cup final.

The Portuguese manager had then tried to force the Spanish giants to make a statement by playing him and said that if they didn’t do so it would show how they didn’t value him.

Zidane had no choice but to comply as, at the time, he wanted to keep the goalscoring winger at the club and Jose Mourinho had to turn elsewhere.

Ivan Perisic was targeted next but in terms of whether Bale is a Mourinho type player or not, it seems as though the manager himself has already made his intentions clear.

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