Zinedine Zidane has tried to deflect Jose Mourinho and Manchester United’s interest in Gareth Bale ahead of Tuesday night’s UEFA Super Cup.
The Real Madrid boss addressed questions following comments by the Red Devils boss that he would “fight” for the former Spurs star if he wasn’t wanted by the club he once managed.
Mourinho said Bale being left out of the XI to face his side in Macedonia would open the door for United to go all guns blazing into a big money approach.
But Zidane played it cool, insisting all is well with Bale.
Zidane has tried to brush off Man United’s interest in Bale (Image: REUTERS)
“The important thing is the player is fine. He’s had no issues in training, and that’s important,” Zidane said.
“The end of his season wasn’t easy for him, injured, but I’m happy for him and what’s important is what we do, not what someone else says.”
United has been linked with a summer move for Bale since the Welshman fell out of favour at Real under Zidane.
United face Real in the UEFA Super Cup tomorrow, with Mourinho claiming he will know if Bale is wanted if he makes Zidane’s starting line-up in Skopje.
Real are trying to sign Monaco’s £160million-rated wonderkid Kylian Mbpappe, which would almost certainly leave Bale surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.
Asked if he had considered a move for Bale, Mourinho said: “Well if he’s playing tomorrow, no I wouldn’t think that, it would be because he’s in the coach’s plans and the club’s plans, because he also has that motivation to continue at Real Madrid.
“So I haven’t even thought about the possibility.
“If he is not in the club’s plans, that with the arrival of another player would mean he was on his way out, I will try to be waiting for him on the other side and fight with other coaches that would want him on their team.
Jose Mourinho made no secret of his interest in Bale (Image: REUTERS)
Mourinho said he’d fight for Bale if Real don’t want him (Image: Getty)
“But if he plays tomorrow, that is the best confirmation that he is still wanted by the team.”
Real skipper Sergio Ramos said: “At the moment Gareth is a player of Real Madrid and we’re delighted to have him on board. The future of any player is decided by the player.
“The month of August is very long and anything can happen. But Gareth is on our team and we love to have the best players.”