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Bale staying focused as Mourinho gives up chase


Gareth Bale is ignoring speculation regarding his Real Madrid future and concentrating on winning more trophies after his side's Super Cup success against Manchester United.

The Wales international has been linked with a move away, with United boss Jose Mourinho saying he would try and sign Bale if he was not in Zinedine Zidane's starting XI in Skopje.

But Bale was named in the side and played 74 minutes as goals from Casemiro and Isco gave Real a 2-1 win and a third Super Cup success in four years.

Bale said: "I am just concentrating on my football. I am not listening to anything, I don't read anything. Obviously I get told bits and bobs.

"I am enjoying my football here, I am playing as much as I can and I'm winning trophies so that's all I am concentrating on.

"I haven't had any conversations (with Real), I am just concentrating on my football. I'm trying to get my fitness up after pretty much not playing regularly for eight or nine months.

"It is great to keep adding to the collection, it was a very difficult game but we got the job done and we've got another trophy and we move on."

Bale said his side were worthy winners. He added: "I thought we played well, especially the first 60 minutes, and we controlled the game and deserved to win."

Mourinho now accepts it is "game over" in his pursuit of Bale. The Portuguese said: "Clearly the club wants him, the manager wants him and he wants the club, so it's game over.

"It's game over because everybody knows he is going to stay."

Mourinho was happy with his side's effort, though felt Casemiro's opener was offside.

He added: "I think we did well, we lost 2-1 which shows the result was close. One of the goals was offside, so with a good VAR (Video Assistant Referee) it would be 1-1 and extra-time.

"I think they could have scored more than they did and we could have scored more."

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