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Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale pledge future to Real Madrid after Rafa Benitez meeting

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Cristiano Ronaldo has pledged his future to Real Madrid after a secret meeting with new boss Rafa Benitez according to reports.

Benitez was a surprise replacement for Carlo Ancelotti, who was ousted from the hot seat at the Bernabeu after failing to win La Liga or the Champions League last season.

Speculation

There was some speculation that Madrid's key stars were less than impressed with the appointment of the former Liverpool manager, and Manchester United have been heavily linked with a big-money swoop for both Bale and Ronaldo.

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However the rumours can now be put to bed, with the Daily Mail reporting that Ronaldo has met with Benitez and pledged to give his all next season to get Madrid back to the top. The Portuguese superstar is contracted with the Spanish giants until 2018 and earns around £14 million, but he's previously said to be unhappy having shown his support for Ancelotti on social media sites.

Benitez was also present at Wales' 1-0 win over Belgium and met with Bale before the game in which he scored the winner. The Welshman, who is said to be near the top of Manchester United's transfer hitlist, is said to have reassured his new boss that he intends to remain in Spain for next season.

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The Mail also adds that Real Madrid president Florentio Perez is a big fan of Karim Benzema - another player to have been linked with Manchester United - which means the feared 'BBC' will likely remain in tact for next season.

Reminder

Ronaldo offered a timely reminder of his talents with a stunning hat-trick in Portugal's victory over Armenia last night - his third in as many games. The former Manchester United man got his side back on level terms after Armenia took the lead, slamming home a spot-kick after 29 minutes.

He then took the game into his own hands with two goals in three minutes to help secure a 3-2 victory.

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La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Manchester United
Gareth Bale

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