Rafael Benitez dismisses concerns of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale rift

Benitez dismissed claims of a rift between Ronaldo and Bale
Image: Rafa Benitez has dismissed claims of a rift between Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale

Rafael Benitez has dismissed concerns of a rift between Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale ahead of his side's clash with Levante.

In a recent newspaper interview Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett described the pair as complete opposites, but Benitez was keen to downplay these claims.

The Real Madrid boss called for unity in his squad and to focus on winning games rather than outside distractions.

"I can't control what is said in the media or by agents but the players need to be and are united for the good of Madrid," Benitez told a news conference on Friday.

"The players are fully concentrated on competing well and winning. There is a very good mood, the players are competitive and there are no issues."

Rafael Benitez of Real Madrid
Image: Benitez wants his Real Madrid players to focus on winning

Bale also had a successful week as he helped Wales reach first major tournament appearance since 1958. Chris Coleman's side finished second in their European Qualifying group for next summer's competition in France.

Bale who made his debut for Wales in 2006 was on target in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Andorra at a rocking Cardiff City Stadium.

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Ronaldo was presented with his fourth Golden Shoe this week after scoring 48 goals last season. The 30-year old edged out rival Lionel Messi to receive the award.

He faces a difficult task defending his achievement this term as Robert Lewandowski has already scored 12 goals for Bayern Munich.

Ronaldo is set to start on Saturday and Real will look to continue their unbeaten start to their La Liga season. They have won their last seven matches against Levante who last won at the Bernabeu in the 2005/06 campaign.

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