Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he will fight for Gareth Bale's signature if Real Madrid make him available for transfer.
Reports emerged in Spain that Los Merengues will sell Bale as they target Monaco star Kylian Mbappe, and Mourinho is keeping a close eye on the situation.
United are set to clash with Real in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday. Bale is part of Zinedine Zidane's 24-man squad, but Mourinho believes if he doesn't play it may be a sign that they will sell him.
"If he's playing tomorrow, well, no I wouldn't think of that possibility of signing on (Bale)," Mourinho said, according to Sky Sports.
"If he is playing tomorrow, it is because he is in the coach's plans and in the club's plans and because he also has that ambition to continue in Real Madrid.
"So I haven't even thought of the possibility of signing him on our team.
"If he's not in the club's plans, if what you are writing right now is true – I am not sure whether it is or not – that the arrival of another player (would) perhaps (mean) Gareth would be on his way out.
"If he is on his way out of Real Madrid, well, I'll try to be waiting for him on the other side and try to fight with other coaches that would also like to have him on his team.
"But I think that if he plays tomorrow, it is probably the best confirmation that they'll keep counting on him during the season."