UK Back Pages: Bale to Follow Benitez out of Bernabeu, Adidas Criticise Man Utd

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2016

Real Madrid's coach Rafael Benitez (R) gives instructions to Real Madrid's Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale during the Spanish league football match RCD Espanyol vs Real Madrid CF at the Power8 stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on September 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Seven months into his return to Real Madrid, Rafa Benitez was unceremoniously shown the exit door on Monday evening. Naturally, several of Tuesday morning's back pages carry news of the Spaniard's dismissal and Zinedine Zidane's subsequent appointment:

The Times, meanwhile, claim that Gareth Bale is "intensely disappointed" by Benitez's exit, which may pave the way for the Welshman's exit from the Bernabeu:

The Metro also devotes space to Benitez but saves the main headline for the other main story at the time of going to press—Adidas' criticism of Manchester United's playing style:

The Sun pair a noteworthy "ZZ Top" pun with "Shirt hits the Van" after Adidas' chief executive said Louis van Gaal's playing style was "not exactly what we want to see" (as per the BBC):

The Independent also run with the Adidas slight while calling attention to Sam Allardyce's complaint about Sunderland's fixture pile-up:

Ahead of Liverpool's League Cup clash at Stoke, the Telegraph's back page features a large portrait of a very unimpressed-looking Jurgen Klopp. Apparently, the German will not tolerate another bad performance:

The Daily Star have chosen to give prominence to the latest January transfer rumours, claiming that Arsenal are planning a swoop for Watford striker Troy Deeney:

The Daily Mirror also focus on transfers, leading with the assertion that Sunderland and Newcastle are battling it out to give West Ham £18 million for Andy Carroll: