Jose Mourinho has ruled out the prospect of signing Gareth Bale this summer after the Welshman started for Real Madrid in their 2-1 win over Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday night.
Spanish media outlet Marca had reported last week that Zinedine Zidane would be open to selling Bale in order to bring Kylian Mbappe to the Bernabeu before the window shuts.
Mourinho, in response, noted prior to the clash in Skopje that he would perceive the sight of Bale being left out of the starting XI as concomitant with him being surplus to requirements at Bernabeu and in turn battle to sign him.
But following Bale’s impressive performance against United, the Portuguese conceded that Bale was going nowhere over the next few weeks.
“I think so, I think clearly the club wants him, the manager wants him, the player wants it, I think game over,” he said. “Because I think now he’s going to stay.”
Just like in the casino, Mourinho threw all chips on the table at once: if he wasn’t included, United would be there to sign him; if he was, they would duly back off, reverting to the 54-year-old’s position last month where he noted that moving for Bale would be a waste of time and energy.
What does this mean for United’s prospects of signing a winger before the window shuts? Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic appears to be a lost cause following months of frustrating negations and with a few weeks left of the transfer window, like your last go at a free spins casino, we are truly entering the desperation period whereby clubs would force United to table an exorbitant fee to complete any further business.