Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Zidane Sparks Red Alert on Move for Bale

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Zidane Sparks Red Alert on Move for Bale

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UNITED'S hopes of signing Gareth Bale have been boosted after new Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane revealed the Welsh international's disappointment following the sacking of Rafa Benitez.

Bale is a long-term target for United, who are prepared to pay a world record fee to bring him to Old Trafford.

Zidane has already stated that he has no intention of selling the 26-year-old - but the Reds will monitor his position closely following Benitez' shock exit this week.

The two men had developed a close working relationship at the Bernabeu - and appeasing Bale will be one of Zidane's first tasks in the job.

"Gareth was disappointed with the sacking of Rafa because he was an important coach for him, but I will treat him the same way Rafa did," said the Frenchman. …

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