Benitez ready to unleash Bale

Rafa Benitez is reportedly ready to revive Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid career by playing him on the left of his 4-2-3-1 formation.

The Coach attended Wales’ 1-0 victory over Belgium in Euro 2016 qualifying at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Friday, and AS claims he was hugely impressed by the winger’s match-winning exploits.

Consequently, Benitez is now understood to be keen on helping former Tottenham star recover the form which warranted Los Blancos shelling out a world-record fee for his services in 2013.

The 55-year-old already plans to move Cristiano Ronaldo into the role of No 9, thereby freeing up Bale to take up the left flank after spending his first two seasons in Madrid on the right.

“We know what position we’re in but we’re going to enjoy this evening. We know there is still a long way to go,” the Welshman told Sky Sports after his country’s win, which puts them atop Group B, three points clear of Belgium, with four games remaining.

For us, we can enjoy now but when the next camp comes around we’ll be straight back on the floor, working hard back on the training field and ready to do the business.

“I can’t really put it into words. The crowd here – what can I say? I think we literally have the best fans in the world.

“We prepared well, we worked hard together and it showed out there.

“We played some good football, we were under the cosh at times but we battled in every area and I think we deserved the win in the end.

“After 65, 70 minutes I was gone! The gaffer said ‘put 100 per cent in, leave nothing out there’ and obviously the season is over now for everyone so we put it all out there on the field.”

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