The Spanish coach was dismissed on Monday—less than a day after drawing 2-2 with Gary Neville’s Valencia in La Liga action—and has been replaced by club legend Zinedine Zidane [BBC Sport].
The Frenchman—who won the Champions League as a Galactico with Los Blancos—will hope to galvanise the squad, and will be keen to overhaul city rivals Atletico Madrid, who currently hold a four-point lead over Real in third, and are three ahead of Barcelona in second.
However, Zidane’s first big task may be to convince Bale to stick around.
According to the Daily Mail, the Welsh international is disappointed that Benitez was axed so quickly, as he enjoyed working with the former Liverpool manager.
Benitez’s exit has left Bale unsettled, according to the tabloid, and United—who have been linked with a move for the former Tottenham Hotspur player [The Sun]—are understood to be keen on profiting from the 26-year-old’s unease at the unfolding situation at the Bernabeu.
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