Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out selling Gareth Bale this summer despite Jose Mourinho going public with his interest in the Welshman.
The Manchester United boss admitted he would ‘fight’ to bring Bale to Old Trafford if Real decided to cash-in on the former Tottenham star.
But after watching Bale help the Real Madrid defeat Manchester United yesterday, Perez revealed that at no point had he thought about letting him go.
‘I don’t contemplate selling Bale, he’s important for us and is one of the best in the world,’ Perez said after the showpiece game in Skopje, Macedonia.
‘We have great players and my idea after winning the Champions League was to do nothing and stay with the same team.’
Mourinho watched from the touchline as goals from Casemiro and Isco either side of half-time gave Real Madrid victory at the Philip II Arena.
Summer signing Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for United with a little under half an hour left to play, but after the game Mourinho conceded that Bale would not be joining the former Everton man in Manchester.
‘I think clearly the club wants him, the manager wants him and he wants the club so it’s game over, even before it started,’ Mourinho said.
‘I think game over because now everybody knows he is going to stay.
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