Manchester United’s hopes of landing Gareth Bale this summer have doomed after the new boss of Real Madrid Rafael Benetiz told Bale that he will the central figure to his plans at Bernabeu next season. Benetiz has travelled to Cardiff to meet Bale just before Wales vs Belgium match and assured his support to the Welshman. Shortly afterwards, Bale has helped Wales beat Belgium as Wales are now in touching distance to appear in Euro Championships.

The Real Madrid manager has told Bale that he (Bale) would not go anywhere and would be the heart of his plans at Bernabeu next season. This meant that Manchester United’s chances of landing Bale are nothing but over. After shortly scoring the winner in his 50th appearence for Wales, Bale said: “I spoke to Rafa at the team hotel before the game, so I guess it was good to get a good win in front of the new boss.

“Next season could be really special. Getting to a major tournament is right at the top of my list now, and it is on – so we will keep working hard. “We know we are in a great position, but we will be focused when the next bunch of games come. There is a lot of hard work to do.”

Wales boss Chris Coleman has his praise for Bale and believes he could become the main player at Real Madrid in the coming days. Coleman said: “Rafa has said that he will build his team around Gareth – and why shouldn’t he? Gareth was fantastic, but that’s what he’s capable of. He was exhausted at the end. He had absolutely nothing.

“He had cramp 20 minutes into the second half, but I said to the lads before the game that they had to make sure they came off empty and didn’t leave anything on the pitch.”