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Angel di Maria has admitted he is happy with life at Real Madrid, despite initial fears he would lose his place in the squad to Gareth Bale.

The winger's position in the Spanish side was thrown into doubt after the £85.3million signing of  Bale from Tottenham Hotspur, however with the former Spurs man twice sidelined with injuries at his new club, Di Maria has performed very well in the Welshman's absence.

He has started six league games and has scored two goals in the Champions League; as well as notching up two league assists. It is clear that Di Maria is doing his best to impress manager Carlo Ancelotti, in anticipation of Bale's inevitable return.

"Things are going really well for me at Madrid," Di Maria said.

Indeed, the Argentinian may be the player who keeps Bale out of Madrid's starting XI as the Welshman continues to discover that life in Spain is not going to be easy.

The Argentinian international was also quick to praise Ancelotti.

"I have Ancelotti's trust and I had a great pre-season. I am feeling very well at Madrid."

However, in what may have been a passing reference to Bale's return to fitness, the player said: "Things can always change, but everything's going fine at the moment."

There is no doubt that when Bale does make a comeback Ancelotti will have to make space for the world's most expensive player, but Di Maria may have something to say about it if he does.

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