Gareth Bale is not certain to start for Real Madrid despite being the world's most expensive player, says assistant coach Paul Clement.

The Welsh international could make his debut on September 14th against Villarreal, but Clement 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."

Bale started his career playing as a left-back for Southampton, and has progressed under managers such as Harry Redknapp, who pushed him up further the field into a left midfield position.

Under Andre Villas-Boas, Bale's attributes were fully utilised as he played in a variety of attacking roles invovling both sides of the pitch and sometimes as the furthest forward.

This has resulted in Bale being compared to current Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who similarly adapted his game from becoming an ordinary winger into being classed as one of the best of his generation.

Accolades such as scoring his 200th Real Madrid goal in just under four seasons highlights the outstanding progression that has be made - and can be made by Gareth Bale.

Bale has now move to Real Madrid from Tottenham, and there has been debate whether Bale or Ronaldo will play the furthest forward.

"Carlo is flexible enough to use Gareth and other players in different capacities," added Englishman Clement.

"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.

"It'll be interesting to see how players fit in together. We'll be trying to find their best position and what's best for the team as quickly as possible.

"Gareth has the goalscoring talent and ability to set up goals for others. We have a lot of exciting players here. [Striker Karim] Benzema is a great talent, while Isco plays in midfield but has chipped in with three goals already."

Despite the claim, it's difficult to imagine that Real Madrid have shelled out £86million for a squad rotation player and by selling Ozil to compensate the transfer fee, Bale will be one of the first names on that teemsheet. 

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