Gareth Bale denied any transfer rumors surrounding him with Manchester United, insisting that he is ‘happy’ at Real Madrid.
Reports that the Welshman would change sides and return to the Premier League was sparked as Zinedine Zidane took over as head coach of Real Madrid.
Bale said Benitez’s exit was a “huge disappointment” as his hat-trick help Real beat Deportivo La Coruna by 5-0.
“But I’m enjoying my football at the moment so I’ll keep going,” contradicted Bale.
The Wales international received a standing ovation after scoring his tenth goal in seven games.
He also said that Real and France legend Zidane inspired him during his formative years.
“As a player he was incredible,” said Bale. You try and emulate people like that. He’s a legend not just at the club, but for football.
“We had a chat when he first came in, and no matter what I’ll always give 100% on a football pitch and that’s what I did.”
In the meantime, Bale did not rule out a return to the Premier League where he used to play for Tottenham before his world-record £85m move to Real in September 2013.
“Obviously you can never predict what happens in the future,” he said.
Real’s win over Deportivo moved them to within two points of second-placed Barcelona and four shy of leaders Atletico Madrid.
Bale believes he and his team-mates can continue the team’s upward trajectory.
“We know what can happen in the league, we know we have to keep fighting all the way and we’ll keep doing that until the last whistle,” Bale added.