Gareth Bale looks very settled as a Real Madrid player having spent a couple of years out in the Spanish capital but reports suggest Rafael Benitez being sacked after just seven months in charge has really ruffled his feathers.
Matt Law from The Telegraph says Bale was very much enjoying life under Benitez and now wants to get further reassurances over his role moving forward, calling into question his overall future at the club.
With nine goals and seven assists in 12 La Liga performances, Bale has certainly been front and centre for Madrid this season so you could more than understand his frustrations at another change in manager, but does that really mean he would consider leaving because Zinedine Zidane has taken over?
Let’s not forget that back in 2013 before Bale moved to Madrid, he was singled out by Zidane for his qualities.
Speaking at the time, Zidane said: “Is he good enough for Real Madrid? Of course. He is more than good enough to play for Real Madrid. Aside from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, he is the player who has impressed me the most.”
So, Bale should be well aware that Zidane believes in his qualities as a player and, if anything, be looking forward to Zidane’s tenure because he’ll have every confidence in him as a player.
To me, this stinks of a briefing from United. Ed Woodward has been chasing Bale’s tail for two years to no avail and the sacking of Benitez is a convenient time to try and rock the boat.
I could be completely wrong of course but it would certainly suit Woodward for a story like this to appear within 12 hours of Zidane being appointed. Either way, I don’t think Benitez’s sacking will force or cause Bale to leave Madrid even if reports suggest that may be the case.