Gareth Bale started his post-Rafa Benitez period at Real Madrid with a stellar performance that saw Zinedine Zidane’s first game in charge end in a 5-0 triumph over Deportivo.
The 26-year-old scored a hat-trick, his second in four games, and many in the Spanish media were labelling it his best game for Los Merengues.
That brings his total number of strikes in the last seven matches to ten and he currently leads the La Liga assist charts.
However, this all comes amidst talk of the Wales star being unhappy at Madrid due to the sacking of Benitez.
The former Tottenham man is linked with a move to Manchester United and looking at what he has been saying makes this transfer appear more likely.
Speaking after the game, he said: “I had a very good relationship with Rafa. Obviously, it was a big disappointment to see him go but things like this happen in football: you’re professional and you get on with it, and carry on.”
“I’m happy at the moment. Obviously, you can never predict what happens in the future but I’m enjoying my football at the moment, so I’ll keep going, ” he added.
At first glance, this would appear to suggest that Bale is set to stay in Madrid, but the quotes are riddled with qualifiers that show he is angling for a move.
On two separate occasions he uses the phrase ‘at the moment’ meaning he can foresee a time in the future when these circumstances could change, particularly as ‘you can never predict the future’.
Quite how long these moments of happiness will last is anyone’s guess. The in-form midfielder would surely become increasingly frustrated if Zidane can’t better Benitez, because that would fail to justify the decision to get rid of Bale’s preferred manager.
Furthermore, saying he’ll ‘get on with it’ and ‘keep going’ makes him sound like he’s trying to trudge through a job he’s not keen on rather than playing for one of the world’s biggest clubs.
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