Jose Mourinho has insisted that Manchester United did not target Gareth Bale this summer because it would have been a waste of time.
The Real Madrid forward, who has won three Champions League since moving to the Bernabeu from Tottenham, recently dismissed such speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford.
And Mourinho insists Gareth Bale was not a summer target, saying it would be “mission impossible” just like a move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Yeah, the same (as Ronaldo),” Mourinho said. “No (he was not on my list of targets). No, because you have contacts, you have feelings, you understand things.
“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.”
Mourinho, meanwhile, is still attempting to bolster his United squad having added just two players — Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof — since the end of last season.
Efforts are still being made to sign Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, but Mourinho was reluctant talk specifically about players yet to sign for United.
“Names is difficult for me, the players belong to clubs and are in preseason,” he said. “The managers and owners are not happy if players talk about them — I’m the same.
“My plan for the evolution of the team, my second transfer window, was to get four players and get balance and make a better squad.
“But with the development of the market, I was getting the feedback from Mr Woodward and I repeat, the market is very difficult.
“If the club has no chance to give me the four players, I like my group and I go with them, but I still have the hope I can have a third player, and maybe a fourth.”