Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale insisted he is happy with the freedom he has under new coach Zinedine Zidane after scoring a hattrick in their 5-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna - according to ​Goal.

It had ​been rumoured that the Wales international was one of the players most devastated by Rafael Benitez's sacking, with reports linking Bale with a return to the Premier League. But Bale dismissed suggestions he is unhappy.

"I don't feel I need to make a statement. I just want to play my football," said Bale, who has now scored 10 goals in his last seven games.

"Everyone knows the player who Zidane was and I think there are no doubts he'll be a really good manager too."


Bale had been playing in a more central role under Benitez, being allowed the freedom to roam the pitch. 

In Zidane's first game he was played on his usual right-wing - but Bale admits he is still being treated no different by the Frenchman.

He added: "I have the same freedom with Zidane that I did with Benitez.

"I'm happy I scored those goals but the most important thing are the three points and that we won as a team.

"I am very happy. These three points were very important. We are professionals and we must work throughout the season."