If Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had his way, we would all just forget about this Rafa Benitez debacle.
Indeed, the controversial Bernabeu chief terminated Carlo Ancelotti's contract last summer knowing full well how hard it would be to find a worthy successor.
As the media would have us believe, Benitez was far too small-time to control the seemingly uncontrollable Real Madrid dressing room and was always destined for an inglorious exit.
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But while it appears Benitez failed to win over Real Madrid's big characters, Gareth Bale completely bought into his philosophies during their seven short months together and was reaping the rewards on the football pitch as a result.
It may have been an underwhelming first half to the season for Los Blancos, but Bale has enjoyed probably his best spell of form since he arrived for the infamous amount of £85m in 2013.
Best season yet
He has nine goals and seven assists in La Liga this season, trailing Ronaldo's goal contribution (14 goals, five assists) by only three. However, the Welshman has accumulated those goals and assists in five fewer appearances – 13 compared to Ronaldo's 18.
According to the Guardian, Bale is one of the few players to have been left disappointed by Perez's decision to sack Benitez. The former Liverpool boss had handed him a prominent role in the team and there is now a concern that his replacement, Zinedine Zidane, won't grant him such a thing.
That led to suggestions that Bale, 26, might look to leave Real Madrid, but the same report from the Guardian claims he is relaxed about the situation. There is, however, an understanding that any significant change to his role within the squad could have serious ramifications for his future.
Unsurprisingly, Manchester United are believed to be keeping an eye on the situation in the hope of finally landing a man they have courted for years.
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