Real Madrid visit Manchester City on Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final and of course former Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is in the team.
Gareth is getting all the attention in the English press – which is not surprising and the world’s most expensive player has said that when Rafa Benitez was at Real Madrid for six months starting last June he enjoyed working with the new Newcastle United manager.
Gareth Bale and Rafa Benitez last summer
This is what Gareth has said about our new boss:
“I felt isolated out on the wing and I wasn’t able to do what I wanted to do and give my best for the club.”
“Benitez listened to me, and gave me more responsibility which was what I wanted. I had a good relationship with him.”
“He speaks very good English which helps me. I was able to speak to him a lot. We had things in common from working in England.”
“I just enjoyed working with him.”
So what could this mean for Newcastle?
Well if Rafa keeps us up – in a couple of years he may be wanting to bring a world-class player like Gareth to Newcastle to help us win the Champions League.
That’s obvious and Gareth would probably jump at the chance.