Gareth Bale says he is enjoying his football at Real Madrid despite Rafael Benitez exit
By AFP Sport
Last Updated: 11/01/16 9:22am
Gareth Bale says he is happy at Real Madrid and enjoying his football, despite the sacking of Rafael Benitez.
Bale had a good relationship with Benitez and was reportedly linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in the wake of the Spaniard's sacking last week.
However, while he admits to disappointment at the dismissal, Bale says his immediate future lies in the Spanish capital, and he scored a second hat-trick in four games on Saturday night as Zinedine Zidane began life in charge with a 5-0 win over Deportivo la Coruna.
And Bale said: "I don't feel I need to make a statement to anyone. I know what I'm capable of and I just want to keep enjoying my football and when I do that I play my best.
"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."
Bale was given a standing ovation after taking his tally to 10 goals in his last seven games on Saturday, but did concede that he had been sad to see Benitez lose his job.
"I had a very good relationship with Rafa, obviously it was a big disappointment to see him go," said Bale.
"But things like this happen in football, you're professional and you get on with it and carry on."
Instead, Bale is now under the tutelage of one of his boyhood heroes, who encouraged him to first fall in love with Madrid during the club's Galactico era, culminating in Zidane's sensational volley to win the 2002 Champions League final.
"As a player he was incredible," added Bale. "They were all superstars and I just loved watching Real Madrid, it was a great team to watch.
"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 I think no matter what I'll always give 100 per cent on a football pitch and that's what I did [against Deportivo]."