Gareth Bale has vowed to fight for his place at Real Madrid — after dismissing Manchester United ’s latest interest in him.
But Mourinho admitted it was “game over” in United’s pursuit of the Welshman after he was named in opposite number Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI and played a key role in their victory.
And Bale, who set up Real team-mate Isco for the winning goal, said he is ready to prove his enduring worth to the Spanish giants in the coming season.
Bale lost his place to Isco towards the end of last season when he was sidelined through injury, and faces a battle to re-establish himself. And with Real still trying to sign Monaco’s £160million-rated teen sensation Kylian Mbappe, Bale is relishing the challenge that awaits him this season.
“Obviously I feel like I’m happy to fight for my place,” said Bale. “We’re all fighting for our places. It’s nothing new in football, it happens at every club, you just carry on like normal.
“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.
“It [the speculation] doesn’t bother me at all. I really don’t read it.
“Obviously there’s been a lot of it over the last few days that I get told about, but it doesn’t bother me. I’ve had it about 10, 11 years now, so it’s nothing new.
“The club hasn’t said anything [about selling]. We’ve spoken, 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.
“There’s been no need for anything, everything has gone as normal, like it has every year. There’s been the normal speculation, like there is every year.
“I think, obviously, it’s a little bit more hyped up because we were playing United so, yeah, it’s one of those things.”
Asked if he and his family were settled in Madrid, Bale said: “Yeah, everything’s good. We’re enjoying it. We’re all settled.”
Bale has won three Champions League titles, three Super Cups, one La Liga title and one Copa Del Rey since joining Real from Tottenham for £86m in 2013.
And the Wales star is hungry to add to that impressive CV.
“We’re enjoying winning, enjoying winning trophies, like everyone would,” said Bale. “For us, we’re hungry to win everything, still want to keep winning games, winning trophies, so we just carry on like that.
“I think for any footballer you want to win as many trophies as you can, so that’s the main thing.”
Bale is also convinced United are on the right track under Mourinho, and backed them to become a major force again under the former Real boss.
“They did very well. They gave us a difficult game, and I’m sure they’ll do fantastic this season,” he said.
“I think it’s getting there [for United]. Obviously, 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.”
Asked if United could return to their dominant best under Mourinho, Bale added: “I see no reason why not.
“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.”