Gareth Bale has hopefully put an end to nonsense about him joining Manchester United by openly stating his happiness at Real Madrid.
Bale scored a hat-trick against Deportivo de La Coruna – his second in four games – so he can now boast 12 goals and seven assists in La Liga this season.
The Welshman admits he was saddened by the sacking of Rafa Benitez but he clearly has a mutually respectful relationship with new boss Zinedine Zidane.
“I had a very good relationship with Rafa,” admitted Bale. “Obviously, it was a big disappointment to see him go but things like this happen in football: you’re professional and you get on with it, and carry on.
“I’m happy at the moment. Obviously, you can never predict what happens in the future but I’m enjoying my football at the moment, so I’ll keep going.
“No matter what, I’ll always give 100% on a football pitch and that’s what I did tonight.
“I just want to keep playing my football. I don’t feel I need to make a statement to anyone. I know what I’m capable of and I just want to keep enjoying my football, and when I do that I play my best football.”
And Zidane said: “I understand that he can be annoyed with the departure of Benítez because he was an important coach for him but he is going to have the same affection [from me] as with Rafa.
“He is important for the squad, fundamental for the team. He is phenomenal and what he has been doing recently is fantastic. I’m going to give him all my affection and support so that he plays well.”