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Monday 16 October 2017

Bale determined to stay and fight for his Real place

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale wants to stay at Real Madrid and fight for his place, despite interest from a Manchester United side he believes are getting "back to where they belong" under Jose Mourinho.

Not for the first time the 28-year-old is subject to intense speculation, with reports in Spain suggesting the LaLiga giants could part company with the attacker if Monaco's Kylian Mbappe arrives.

Talk stepped up a notch when Mourinho pledged to "fight" for Bale if he was not involved in the UEFA Super Cup - only for his impressive display in Tuesday's 2-1 win to lead the United boss to concede it was "game over" on that front.

After the match in Skopje, the Wales international was peppered with questions about his future, yet appeared unflustered and reiterated his desire to stay at the Bernabeu.

"What do you want me to say? I'm concentrating on my football, I'm concentrating on getting my fitness up," Bale said.

"I'm happy I'm playing football, I'm winning trophies, so yeah, I don't want to move, there's not really much more I can say."

Despite his success in Spain, Bale has been portrayed as a dispensable member of Madrid's star-studded attack - and the recent speculation over Mbappe's arrival has only highlighted that.

"Obviously, I feel like I'm happy to fight for my place," Bale said when the battle for a starting berth was put to him. "We're all fighting for our places anyway. It's nothing new in football."

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