Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out the prospect of selling Gareth Bale to Manchester United this summer.
It was thought that the Welshman, who suffered an injury hit campaign last season, could be rendered surplus to requirements with Kylian Mbappe set to come the other way.
But Mourinho, speaking soon after Bale featured for Madrid in their 2-1 UEFA Super Cup win over Man United, conceded that the 28-year-old was clearly in Zinedine Zidane’s plans for this season.
And Perez has reiterated such sentiments, insisting that Bale was an important player for Madrid going forward.
“Bale? I don’t plan on selling him,” he said.
“He’s a Madrid player, he’s important for us and he’s one of the world’s best.”
Any possibility of signing Bale – if there ever was an actual possibility in the first place – was dashed when his name appeared on the Madrid team sheet on Tuesday and then eradicated even further as the winger set about terrorising United’s back four, striking the bar with Zinedine Zidane’s men 2-0 to the good in Skopje.
He remains somebody who would, you sense, take the Premier League by storm, despite missing 19 games a season on average since joining Madrid, but you can understand Bale’s reluctance to part ways with a side boasting so much quality.