Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has praised Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, ahead of his return to England on Tuesday night in the Daily Mail.
Bale’s Madrid side are due to face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final tomorrow.
The Welsh winger has understandably been the attention of most of the British press, and he was asked about his time working with Benitez earlier in the season.
Benitez was in charge at the Bernabeu for the first few months of the new campaign, but he was replaced by Zinedine Zidane in January 2016.
The Spanish boss’s departure was widely supported by most Madrid supporters, but Bale was one of the players to publicly back the 56-year-old manager.
And the most expensive player in the world was once against effusive with his praise for the current Newcastle boss when quizzed about his managerial style.
“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,' Bale said. “He [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.”
Benitez will need to use all of his managerial nouse to succeed in his current job at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle are currently in severe danger of being relegated, but they have made some improvements in recent weeks to move slightly closer to safety.