By Chineze Ogugua
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has finally given up on signing Wales international Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer.
Mourinho had previously reiterated his desire to sign Bale if Madrid wanted to sell, but conceded it looked unlikely after the forward started the 2-1 UEFA Super Cup win over United.
“I think now everybody knows he is going to stay,” Mourinho said.
The Welshman, who joined the Spanish giants for a world record fee of £85m from Premier League side Tottenham in 2013 was quoted as saying: “I’m just concentrating on my football and I’m not listening to anything. I’m not reading anything, although people tell me bits and bobs. I’m enjoying my football and playing as much as I can and winning trophies.”
Bale committed his future to Madrid at the end of last season and signed a new deal to stay at the Bernabeu until 2022, saying he was happy to stay with the 12-time European champions.