Despite widespread media report alleging the imminence of a transfer, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has declared the club has no intention of selling Gareth Bale as the UEFA Super Cup victors look to retain their LaLiga and Champions League-winning side.
The ex-Tottenham star Bale has been linked with a return to the Premier League via Premier League giants Manchester United as Madrid pursue Monaco’s teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.
United manager Jose Mourinho has spoken openly about Bale and stated that the club’s prospects of signing the Wales international would be greater if he were left out of Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI on Tuesday.
However, Bale started in Madrid’s 2-1 win over United in Skopje and Perez dismissed rumours the 28-year-old could leave the Spanish capital.
“Every win is important to us, but we’re going step by step,” Perez said to reporters after Madrid’s 2-1 win over United in the Super Cup on Tuesday night.
“I don’t contemplate selling Bale, he’s important for us and is one of the best in the world.
“We have great players and my idea and Zidane’s after winning the Champions League was to do nothing and stay with the same team.”
Bale scored nine goals in 27 appearances in all competitions last season – a campaign hampered by injuries.