Jose Mourinho: I had to beg Real Madrid to let me go

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"They are in a very good situation now and I never felt a desire for him to leave, so why waste time on it? No".

In fact, since attempting to sign the Wales global, United chief executive Ed Woodward has been a "long-time admirer" of Bale.

Bale signed a new £18m-a-year deal at Real Madrid last year, committing his future to the club until 2022, but the Welshman's place in Zinedine Zidane's starting XI remains in question following reports that the Spaniards are closing in on a £161m move for Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe.

The French boss is remaining tight-lipped over Madrid's move for Mbappe and insists it is not right to speak about another club's player. Everybody in the club, president, CEO, the board, myself, we all felt after the years I was there that the hard part of the job was done and they wanted me to stay.

The 35-year-old Swede, who is recovering from a serious knee injury, was released by United at the end of last season but Mourinho has opened the door for a return.

In fact, I nearly had to beg to let them let me go.

The Daily Telegraph go as far as saying Mourinho is banking on a fit Ibrahimovic to bolster United's title charge for the second half of the season. "I don't think that at United is going to happen, because I don't want to go".

"Real Madrid, for me, was really something that I wanted to do".

He continued: "And on the third time, I don't think you can say "no" three times to such a club".

Mourinho also assessed United's chances of claiming a first English championship since 2013 next term.

Bale helped Los Blancos to win the Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his debut campaign in Spain scoring in both finals against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. "I wanted to come back to England and in that case, to Chelsea".

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