Rafa Benitez has tried to defend winger Gareth Bale for his performances

Rafa Benitez has tried to defend winger Gareth Bale for his performances after he was heavily booed by his own supporters during a recent friendly match. Madrid were taking on Fenerbahce as part of the pre-season preparations.

The season is about to start for the Spanish teams and the los Blancos are very keen on recapturing the league title from the clutches of Barcelona. The Catalan club have dominated Spanish and European football for the last 12 months and it is starting to hurt the pride of Madrid. Last season, Bale was directly targeted by the supporters for the poor performances of the team.

Former managers and players have criticised this direct attention towards the Welshman, who is the world’s most expensive player at £ 85 million. It was expected that the abuse would die down at the start of the season. However, this has not been the case since the hatred towards the 25-year-old does not appear to have slowed. Despite managing a 2-1 win over Galatasaray in the friendly match, Madrid supporters were not happy with the way the team played. Bale also came under direct criticism once again, but new boss Benitez said that the movements of the Welshman have indirectly helped Madrid.

“If you analyse Bale’s movements, you’ll see they give the team respite.If he had scored against Galatasaray, people would be saying what a great game he had.Logically there will be debate over Isco, Gareth and James. We are looking to forge an understanding between them.Isco and James elaborate play between the lines, but not Gareth. He creates spaces and looks to makes runs behind the defence,” said Benitez. Madrid start the new campaign with an away match against Sporting Gijón this weekend. They have so far been inconsistent during pre-season under Benitez.

Rafa Benitez has confirmed that the club’s record signing Gareth Bale

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed that the club’s record signing Gareth Bale is going nowhere just as star striker Karim Benzema.

Both players have been linked with Premier League clubs in the last few months. Those rumours have been growing intense as the close of the transfer window approaches. Bale is reportedly the target of Manchester United, who are ready to spend big once again this summer. The star was signed from Spurs two years ago for a world record fee of £ 85 million, which eclipsed that of Cristiano Ronaldo who moved from United.

After a brilliant first season at the Santiago Bernebeu, Bale has increasingly found himself being the target of fans should the results not be as expected. Due to the increasing criticism that does not appear to have reduced going into the new campaign, Bale is reportedly considering his future at the club. The arrival of a new manager in the form of Rafa Benitez appears to have changed his mind for the time being. The former Liverpool boss always likes an attacking player with a defensive mentality and this appears to have worked in favour of Bale staying at Madrid. Benitez has categorically denied suggestions that Bale would be sold. Continue reading Rafa Benitez has confirmed that the club’s record signing Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale is hoping for a new role with the arrival of Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez has already been confirmed to be the new manager of Real Madrid as he replaced Carlo Ancelotti who was sacked a few weeks ago. The Spanish manager signed a 3 year long contract with Real Madrid and now the president, Florentino Perez is hoping that with the arrival of Benitez, the club will be able to secure major titles which they failed to do in this recently concluded season.

A lot of doubts are surrounding Real Madrid involving Benitez and what formation he will be utilizing. Gareth Bale had a very impressive debut season as a player of Real Madrid as he helped the team in securing a Champions League and Copa del Rey title but Bale struggled to do anything really noteworthy ever since then.

The agent of Gareth Bale is Jonathan Barnett and he has revealed that the Welsh player is not feeling comfortable playing down the right wing and Bale is wishing that Benitez will use different formations as well as switch the position of players.

Manchester United is targeting Gareth Bale and the Premier League club is hoping they can sign him during the summer transfer window and if Benitez does not fulfill Gareth Bale’s wishes of being moved away from the right wing, the Welsh player might be interested in joining another club where he can perform at his best. Continue reading Gareth Bale is hoping for a new role with the arrival of Rafael Benitez

Zinedine Zidane shuts down transfer rumors involving Gareth Bale

Since retiring from playing football at a competitive level, Zinedine Zidane went on to join Real Madrid’s internal staff as the Frenchman turned into the technical director of the Spanish club as well as becoming the assistant coach of Carlo Ancelotti.

Zidane also aids in the process of searching around for potential new players that could be signed to the team and he has rejected rumors that were involving Gareth Bale with a move away from Real Madrid during the approaching summer transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are some of the top European clubs that have been linked with Gareth Bale as the Welshman attracted the attention of the Premier League but Zinedine Zidane stated that Real Madrid has no plans or intentions of selling him.

Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane said: ‘’Real Madrid buy the best players in the world. They don’t sell them. Of course other clubs will be interested in him, he would improve any squad in the world, but the president has said he is not for sale and that is because he is not for sale. That will be the answer to Manchester United or any other club that asks the question.’’ Continue reading Zinedine Zidane shuts down transfer rumors involving Gareth Bale

Carlo Ancelotti says Attitude of Bale Improved

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti claims that the attitude of the club’s record signing, Gareth Bale, has substantially improved in the last few weeks.

Bale has come in for intense criticism from Real Madrid supporters themselves, which has surprised many. Despite having cost more than Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale has been playing second fiddle to the Portuguese more often than not. His goal scoring records and assist figures are significantly lower than Ronaldo. Bale was part of the team that lost 4-0 to Atletico Madrid in the league. This was a humiliating defeat which only increased the pressure on the Welshman.

Since the match, though, Ancelotti says that there has been working extremely hard and it is not a surprise to see him play a key role in the club’s three consecutive victories. All these victories have not been achieved with the same kind of flair that Madrid showed towards the end of 2014.

It is now almost a month since Bale last scored or assisted a goal. Even though he has completed 90 minutes of action in all of the matches since the 4-1 win over Real Sociedad, Bale has been unable to make much of an impact in terms of statistical figures. Ancelotti says that this will change in the coming matches, as the 25-year-old gets more confidence. Continue reading Carlo Ancelotti says Attitude of Bale Improved

Gareth Bale scored in his Third Straight Final

Gareth Bale scored in his third consecutive final after helping Real Madrid lift the Club World Cup in Morocco. This was seen as the ultimate prize for this Madrid team that lifted the Copa del Rey and the Champions League last season.

Bale scored in both these matches, as he managed to show that he was worthy of the world record transfer fee of £ 85 million that was paid to Tottenham for his services. He has continued on his scoring spree after getting the second goal against San Lorenzo in the final. His goal came after defender Sergio Ramos put the favourites ahead in the first half.

Incidentally, Ramos scored in both legs of the semifinals and the final of the Champions League. Continue reading Gareth Bale scored in his Third Straight Final