Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he cannot be sure Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid for life, but said no offers were made for him during the summer.
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho tested the water regarding Bale’s situation in the summer – actions which Perez accepts had a “friendly tone”.
Mourinho though was forced to accept defeat on that front, even before it had begun, admitting it was “game over” in United’s pursuit of Bale after the Super Cup defeat to Real in Skopje.
The United boss, who was chasing a winger all summer, claimed he would battle for the signature of Bale if he was left out of the game between the two sides, but Bale started and Mourinho said afterwards: “Clearly the club wants him, the manager wants him and for me he wants the club, so for me it’s game over. Even before it started, but clearly game over.
“I think everybody knows know he is going to stay,” Mourinho told BT Sport last month.
Now Perez says no bids were made for the 27-year-old Wales star, despite Dario Gol claiming United were preparing a €100m bid ahead of last month’s transfer deadline.
Perez told El Larguero radio show that he remained “happy” to have Bale at Madrid and did not favour Isco over the Tottenham man.
“[Bale] is one of the best players and we are happy to have him in the squad,” Perez said. “There were no offers. Mourinho spoke [about him] in a friendly tone. But not one offer was made. Unsellable are those who have been with Madrid this year.
“My idea after [the Champions League final in] Cardiff was that when things are going well it is best not to touch them. Aug. 31 came and [Bale] is still with us. Are you going to be with ‘El Larguero’ all your life? Nobody knows what will happen. He has won 11 trophies [in four years] and has been an important key player.”
Bale has been criticised the Spanish media and was booed in the recent 2-2 draw with Valencia, but Perez says it had become “fashionable” to criticise Bale.
“Last year he had a serious injury, which was unfortunate,” he added. “We hope to see again now the great Bale we saw in his first years here. It is the same injury, and affects his calf. I don’t know why people get on Bale’s back.
“It is fashionable to criticise Bale as a way of criticising the president. Every day somebody is having a go at me. Some people think Bale is more my player than Isco, and think they can damage me by saying Bale must be sold. I have signed them all, many like Isco and [Marco] Asensio too with more of an effort than with Bale.”