Jose Mourinho accepts it is “game over” in Manchester United’s pursuit of one time Spurs heartthrob, Gareth Bale.
The build-up to Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup was dominated by transfer speculation after the United boss pledged to “fight” for the Wales international if he was not involved in Skopje.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane’s pre-match coyness on the matter did little to quash the chatter, but naming Bale in the starting line-up did.
The 28-year-old produced an impressive performance from the outset, hitting the bar and setting up Isco in a 2-1 defeat of Mourinho’s men in Macedonia.
“Clearly the club wants him, the manager wants him and he wants the club, so for me it’s game over – even before it started,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “It’s game over clearly because everybody knows he is going to stay.”
Ian Wright as many of you will be aware thought to was a better than good idea for Spurs to go all out to return Bale to Tottenham.
However what was interesting was this almost throwaway line from the ex Arse.
“…going back to Spurs, they could sell him the dream of the new stadium and playing with the team they have assembled. Would Daniel Levy do it? Everybody I’ve spoken to has said, ‘No he would not’.”
As with all Spurs transfer suggestions, there’s a disease out there with many of you, a disease whose symptoms include being immediately sniffy and contemptuous towards ANY suggested player joining us.
Not wanting to put Gareth Bale into our starting XI is downright embarrassing.