Mourinho: Man Utd Never Wanted This Real Star
Jose Mourinho: Manchester United Never Wanted This Real Madrid Star
Manchester United have once again been linked with a few stars from Jose Mourinho's former club Real Madrid, but the Portuguese has now insisted his side was never keen on one of Los Blancos' biggest stars.
Mourinho recently labeled speculation of a move for Cristiano Ronaldo as "mission impossible", and was asked on the weekend if he is interested in luring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.
"No (he was not a target). No, because you have contacts, you have feelings, you understand things," he said, as quoted by The Independent.
"I think it was clear that Bale likes Madrid, likes the challenge, likes the situation. He's in a club in a very good situation now.
"I never felt a desire from him to leave, so why lose time and energy on that? No."
However, the Portuguese tactician still hopes to see two new players arrive at United, but understands that the market is difficult this year.
"My plan for the team, for the evolution of the team in this second transfer window for me – because the transfer window of last December we didn't use that – I told you that my plan was to get four players, to give balance to the team in all the different areas," Mourinho added.
"To make a better squad, but with the development of the market, you know, I was getting the feedback from Mr (Ed) Woodward, I was analysing myself from distance because I never get involved.
"But from distance, it is easy to feel that I repeat the same, the market is very difficult.
"If the club has no chance to give me the four players, then (so) be it. I like my group, I like my players and I go with them.
"But I still have the hope I can have a third player, who know a fourth, but at least a third."
United have bought centre back Victor Lindelof and striker Romelu Lukaku so far in this window, but are reportedly still on the hunt for a central midfielder and a winger.
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