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Madrid to hold press conference amid Benitez exit talk

Real Madrid have called a press conference for Monday evening amid speculation that manager Rafa Benitez's position could be under threat.

Benitez suffered an embarrassing defeat against Barcelona. Credit: PA

It follows Saturday's humiliating El Clasico defeat at home against Barcelona, when Madrid were thrashed 4-0.

Disgruntled supporters waved white handkerchiefs following a performance which many believe sealed Benitez's fate at the club.

Subsequent reports over the weekend suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo issued Madrid with an ultimatum, threatening to leave the club unless they dismiss Benitez.

A statement released by the club this afternoon, following a board level meeting, read:

The Real Madrid C. F. president, Florentino Perez, will hold a media conference at 6:30pm GMT this evening in the Santiago Bernabeu following the board meeting.

– Real Madrid statement

Real Madrid thrashed at home by Barcelona

Barcelona embarrassed their great rivals. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid suffered El Clasico humiliation after crumbling to a 4-0 thrashing at home against Barcelona.

Neymar and Andres Iniesta scored goals sandwiched in between a Luis Suarez double that moved the Catalans six points clear of their great rivals.

Following the result, Madrid manager Rafael Benitez's odds of being dismissed during the current campaign dropped to just 10/11, as the home fans waved white handkerchiefs at disgust with what they were witnessing.

Barcelona, for whom Lionel Messi returned from injury as a second half substitute, have now won their last five league matches on the spin and remain strong favourites to win La Liga this season.

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Benitez admits he tried to sign Bale for Liverpool

Bale now works with Benitez at Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Rafael Benitez has admitted that he tried to sign Gareth Bale for Liverpool when he was in charge at Anfield.

Real Madrid manager Benitez now works with Bale day-in-day-out and says Southampton wouldn't sell their prize asset to Liverpool in 2006.

Benitez told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: "Back in 2006 I went to see Bolton-Southampton. We transferred a player to Southampton but they wouldn't give us Bale.

"Then when we tried to buy him, we couldn't. I've known for a long time he was a great player.

"Carragher has made the mistake of saying I preferred Riise when it wasn't like that."

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