Manchester United and Real Madrid couldn’t be playing their Super Cup tie at a better time.
Tuesday night’s game comes amidst rumours that the Red Devils are preparing an offer for Gareth Bale, with Jose Mourinho having confirmed that he would be interested in the Welshman if he were unwanted at the Bernabeu.
Mourinho told a press conference:
“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.
However, when the suggestion that the former Tottenham star could leave the Spanish capital was put to Zinedine Zidane, the Real boss was unimpressed.
“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,” Zizou said.
Bale has enjoyed a hugely successful spell at Madrid, winning three Champions Leagues, a Copa del Rey, and one La Liga title. Yet, injuries took such a toll on his most recent campaign that he made just 17 La Liga appearances.
The amount of time he spent in the treatment room allowed Isco a run in the side, and the playmaker impressed in the starting XI. That had prompted suggestions that Zidane may be willing to let Bale go, particularly as it would free up the funds to sign Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.