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Manchester United manager José Mourinho wants to prize Gareth Bale away from Real Madrid – but it will cost him.
Bale signed a new Madrid contract in October last year, which The Guardian said included an insane buyout clause of €1 billion (£900 million). The deal does not expire until 2022.
Whether Madrid would hold a buyer to the clause is another matter. Manchester Evening News reported in June that “a fee in excess of £100 million” could be enough to buy Bale.
Either way, it has not stopped Mourinho speaking fondly of the Welshman.
United takes on Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup at the Philip II Arena in Macedonia on Tuesday evening, but Bale has no guarantees of a starting role in Zinedine Zidane’s side.
He will be benched in favour of burgeoning winger Marco Asensio, according to numerous reports in the British media. Such a decision would mean that Bale is no longer in Madrid’s plans, according to Mourinho.
“If he’s playing tomorrow, it’s because he’s in the coach’s and club’s plans,” Mourinho told the media on Monday.
“If he’s not in the club’s plans… I would try to be waiting for him on the other side and be fighting with the other coaches who would like to have him on their team.”
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The Times reports that Zidane was quizzed about Bale’s future and “when asked about Mourinho’s comments” he “looked uncomfortable.”
Zidane refused to confirm if Bale would start Tuesday’s match. “He’ll prepare his team and I’ll prepare mine,” the Real boss said of Mourinho.
Madrid broke the transfer world record when it spent £85.3 million (then €100 million) on the former Tottenham Hotspur player in 2013.