Man United boss Jose Mourinho pledged to "fight" for Bale if he was not involved in the UEFA Super Cup.
But Bale's impressive display in Tuesday's 2-1 win lead Mourinho to say it was "game over" before it had even started.
After the match in Skopje, the Wales international was asked about his future in the Spanish team.
Despite his success in Spain, Bale has been portrayed as a dispensable member of Madrid's star-studded attack - and the recent speculation over Mbappe's arrival has only highlighted that.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has not even broached the subject of Mourinho's pre-match comments with Bale.
Bale insists his family are settled in the Spanish capital and downplayed the transfer speculation, saying it got a "little bit more hyped up" purely because Madrid were facing United in the Super Cup.
Bale hit the bar and set up Isco in a 2-1 win in Skopje, where Zidane's men sparkled at times.
United struggled to contain Madrid but the former Tottenham winger saw enough promise from Mourinho's men to predict that the glory days will soon return to Old Trafford.
When asked about his life playing for Madrid, Bale said, "We're enjoying winning, enjoying winning trophies, like everyone would, so for us, we're hungry to win everything, still want to keep winning games, winning trophies, so yeah we just carry on like that."