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Bale not guaranteed Real Madrid starting berth

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Real Madrid's world record signing Gareth Bale is not guaranteed to start every match at the club, insists their assistant coach Paul Clement.

The Welshman moved to the club in one of the most protracted transfer sagas in recent history but finally completed a staggering £86m switch earlier this week.

But Clement has declared that his price tag does not assure Bale of a place in the team every week.

He told BBC Sport: "There's a lot of competition for places - no-one will be guaranteed anything.

"Coach Carlo Ancelotti has a clear idea how to use him but things can change.

"Carlo is flexible enough to use Gareth and other players in different capacities."

The 24-year-old began his Tottenham career as a left-back before advancing further forward under Harry Redknapp and becoming a vital component of the side that narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification last season, with numerous fantastic goals.

And Clement believes Bale's flexibility will help him out at the Spanish giants.

He said: "At Southampton, Bale played at left-back which he also did at Spurs where he became a more left-sided player. He recently became more central. He's got that versatility. 

"Gareth has the goalscoring talent and ability to set up goals for others."

Bale could make his Real Madrid debut after the international break, when Los Blancos take on Villarreal on September 14th. Bale is currently training with the Wales national team as they prepare for the upcoming international fixtures under boss Chris Coleman.

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