"Sometimes when I win, I don't keep the medals - so imagine when I lose!"
Given that Mourinho already got so conspicuously filmed telling the player he would go for him if he would just speak up, and that United know that Bale does want to fight for his place at Madrid, a very fair reading is that the Portuguese wants to plant the seed that he is not that wanted; that it might be understandable to look elsewhere.
Zidane had the chance to quash speculation surrounding Bale, yet side-stepped the subject of Mourinho's comments on three occasions.
"I left and it was hard for the others to say many good things about me".
"What I want to talk to you about now is tomorrow's match because tomorrow we have a really important match".
"So I am very, very grateful but I don't think Mourinho has changed my life in football at all".
"I always say the Champions League is one thing and the Europa League is another, and the Champions League victor obviously has a different potential", said former Real coach Mourinho, whose team are back in Europe's elite club competition this season. Sergio Ramos said after the friendly Clasico defeat in Miami that he hoped Neymar did leave Camp Nou as his absence would be "one less problem for us". "That's obvious, but also obvious is the difference between the Champions League victor and Europa League victor".
"So for us to come here and do the positive things we did, I think we have to keep that positive feeling into the new season, and into the Champions League in September". It meant a great deal for the club commercially with qualification secured for this season's Champions League. "Last season was the Europa League, but now we are returning to the Champions League and a UEFA Super Cup against the best team in Europe, so it is a great opportunity", he argued. There is a difference of quality. "We believe that it is possible".
Real Madrid star and Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo must decide whether or not to plead guilty by August 20 in his court case for alleged tax fraud, say reports.