Gareth Bale not certain to start at Madrid, says coach

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Real Madrid assistant manager, Paul Clement, has warned Gareth Bale that he is not certain to start games, despite his incredible transfer value.

Bale's transfer from Tottenham to Spain cost Madrid an incredible £85million, but Clement is adamant that the Welshman will have to prove himself within the squad like everyone else.

"There's a lot of competition for places - no-one will be guaranteed anything," Clement said.

"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. 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. [Karim] Benzema is a great talent, while Isco plays in midfield but has chipped in with three goals already."

Bale is currently struggling to make fitness after an injury that ruled him out of the start of former club Tottenham's season, however he is expected to travel with Wales for international duty and will be assessed by Madrid staff before he returns to the Bernabeu.

Fans of Los Blancos are eager to catch a glimpse of their new man in action, and that could come in the form of Real Madrid's next league fixture against Villarreal on September 14.

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