Reports: Gareth Bale to return to England following Rafael Benitez sacking
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is reportedly devastated with the sacking of manager Rafael Benitez and could possibly force his way out of the club to return to England. The Spaniard was sacked by Real Madrid last night and will be replaced by former player and legend Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, Bale is apparently upset with the departure of the manager under whom he has thrived as a player.
The Welshman had a brilliant first half of the season under Rafa Benitez and has scored nine league goals so far and also has seven assists to his name. Benitez also had the intention of building a team around Bale and rumours say that he even considered selling Ronaldo at the end of the season to further strengthen Bale’s position as the main man at Real.
Bale, like many other players, is now waiting to see where he figures in Zidane’s future plans. This uncertainty could well be capitalised by a number of Premier League clubs who are willing to try and bring him back to England. Manchester United could renew their interest in the winger and will possibly face a battle from Chelsea and Manchester City who both have the finances to match any asking price.
Zidane’s admiration for Eden Hazard might unsettle Bale
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been a huge fan of the 26-year-old and would not consider selling Bale unless there is a massive offer. The future of the player lies on Zidane’s plans especially when he has expressed his liking for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard on numerous occasions.
Zidane has regularly admired Hazard and just last month said: “I have no doubts he'll be back. After Messi and Ronaldo, Hazard is my favourite player. It is spectacular to see him play. Do I see him going to Real Madrid? I love the player, that's all I will say.”
While Chelsea have no plans to sell Hazard as of now, they could be provoked to swap him for Bale considering the Belgian’s form this season.
Bale has made a mark with the Spanish giants ever since he completed his move from Tottenham Hotspur back in 2013 for a record £85m deal. He was also a part of Real’s historic La Decima triumph under Carlo Ancelotti.
However, the Welshman has always been under the shadow of Ronaldo at Real and critics believe that he doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. A move back to the Premier League would be ideal for the player and with interest from some of the best teams out there, Bale might consider making a move.