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Mourinho concedes defeat in his pursuit of Gareth Bale

Mourinho has conceded defeat in his pursuit of Gareth Bale, declaring it "game over"

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has conceded defeat in his pursuit of Gareth Bale, declaring it “game over”.

The 28-year-old striker was been linked with Manchester United move.

Nevertheless, the Special One – who previously said he would “fight” for Bale’s services – claimed after Real’s win over United in the UEFA Super Cup that all the signs pointed to Bale staying put in the Spanish capital.

“Clearly the club want him, the manager wants him and he wants the club. Clearly game over. I think everyone knows he is going to stay,” Mourinho told BT Sport.

The Premier League side succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the La Liga titleholders in Skopje, goals from Casemiro and Isco ensuring that Romelu Lukaku’s strike just after the hour would be no more than a consolation.