REAL MADRID chief Florentino Perez told Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho that Gareth Bale IS for sale despite statements to contrary, according to stunning reports from Spain.

Real Madrid beat Manchester United 2-1 to win the European Super Cup last night.

But, prior to kick-off in Macedonia, all that talk had been about a potential Premier League return for Bale.

The Wales international has been linked with the Red Devils all summer despite both clubs doing their utmost to quell the rising talk.

After a game that saw Isco and Casemiro strike for Los Blancos, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his quest to sign Bale was 'over.'