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Gareth Bale vows to stay at Real Madrid despite Man United interest

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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.

What do you want me to say? I'm concentrating on my football, I'm concentrating on getting my fitness up.

I'm happy I'm playing football, I'm winning trophies, so yeah, I don't want to move, there's not really much more I can say.

The club hasn't said anything, we've spoke, they're happy with everything and, yeah, for me, I just want to concentrate now on getting fit, on getting ready for the new season and playing as well as I can.

– Gareth Bale

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.

Obviously, I feel like I'm happy to fight for my place. We're all fighting for our places anyway. It's nothing new in football, it happens at every club, you just carry on like normal.

– Gareth Bale

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."

As for United, they did very well, they gave us a difficult game today, and I'm sure they'll do fantastic this season.

Obviously I think by bringing Mourinho in it's kind of boosted the club, by winning a few trophies last year, it did them great, and I think they're getting back to where they belong.

He's a great manager, he's done everything in football, he knows what he's doing and I'm sure he's building a great team for what he hopes to achieve there.

– Gareth Bale