Bale ‘devastated’ by Benitez exit

Gareth Bale has reportedly been left ‘devastated’ by Real Madrid’s decision to sack Rafa Benitez and his long-term future at the club is unclear.

The Daily Telegraph claims Bale felt he was ‘thriving’ under Benitez and is waiting to see how Zinedine Zidane, named as Benitez’s successor, intends on using him.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all said to be monitoring developments with a view to bringing the former Tottenham Hotspur winger back to the Premier League.

It’s noted that Florentino Perez was in favour of Benitez’s strategy regarding Bale, who played more centrally under the former Napoli trainer than he did with previous bosses.

There was also a suggestion that Ronaldo could be sold in the summer and the Madrid team built around Bale, a world record signing when he left Spurs for Madrid.

But the three Premier League teams could afford the €102m [£75m] it would take to return Bale to England should the situation deteriorate to that point.

Bale would reportedly be happy to stay at Santiago Bernabeu if he gets an important role under Zidane, but interest in Chelsea’s Eden Hazard may be a factor, with Zidane having previously expressed his appreciation of the Belgium playmaker.

The Telegraph suggests that Chelsea don’t want to sell Hazard, but could change their stance if they felt they could get Bale to Stamford Bridge.

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