Gareth Bale was so desperate for Rafa Benitez to stay at the Bernabeu that he sent text messages pleading with Real Madrid’s owner and managing director not to sack him.
However, the Welshman’s wishes were ignored by the club’s hierarchy with Benitez being dismissed by owner Florentino Perez and managing director Enrique Sanchez-Gonzalez after the club’s 2-2 draw with Valencia last weekend.
It was reported that Bale was one of the players that enjoyed playing under the former Liverpool boss before he was replaced by Zinedine Zidane.
Since Benitez’s departure, Bale has hidden his disappointment and has been in full support of his new manager. He began his career under the Frenchman in perfect style with a hat-trick against Deportivo.
Zidane has already had to answer questions regarding Bale’s future but insisted he isn’t interested in selling one of his star players.
"There are always going to be stories linking him back to England because people like to write about big players. I can’t stop the stories but I can give a very clear message that he is not for sale at any price.
"When he arrived at Madrid, I told him my door was always open. He has been sensational since he joined but I know we can work together and get him playing at an even higher level. For me, is certainly an integral part of my plans."
However after Benitez’s sacking, Bale may be considering his future and there has been many rumours concerning the 26-year-old’s future with a return to England looking increasingly likely.
Manchester United have been put on red alert and they believe a world-record fee of around £120 million will be enough to secure his signature.