The Real Madrid manager made it clear that Tottenham simply outbid Liverpool for the Welsh star.
It comes after comments from from former Liverpool player and club legend Jamie Carragher last week. The Sky Sports pundit claimed that Benitez preferred John Arne Riise to the then left-back Bale and that is why Liverpool never snapped him up.
Of course Bale went on to join Tottenham, become a global superstar, and now plays under Benitez at Real Madrid.
Rafa has now made it clear that Liverpool never dropped out of the running for Bale but Tottenham simply outbid them in the pursuit of the player. Benitez is quoted by the Daily Mail as stating:
"Carragher has made the mistake of saying I preferred [John Arne] Riise when it wasn’t like that. I wanted to sign Bale who we had been following since 2006 but in the end Tottenham paid a lot of money for him."
Benitez is likely sick and tired of recent allegations regarding his transfer history. He made some bum deals whilst at Inter Milan and reportedly moved on Xabi Alonso to sign Alberto Aquillani in his place - a move that backfired catastrophically.
Obviously he would have wanted Bale, who was showing signs of becoming a great future player even in his teenage years. Unfortunately for Liverpool fans Tottenham got their first and the rest is history.