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Bale Not Guaranteed Starting Role In Madrid

World record star will have to fight for his place.

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Real Madrid’s assistant coach Paul Clement has warned that Gareth Bale is not guaranteed a place in the starting line up at that club and will have to earn one just like everybody else, the Metro reports.

Bale completed his world record £86m move from Tottenham Hotspur on Monday and will now have to compete with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco, Angel Di Maria and Luka Modric for a starting berth at the club, something which Clement cannot guarantee to the Welshman.

Clement said: “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.”

Clement, who worked with Ancelotti at Chelsea soon followed him to Paris Saint Germain and then Real Madrid also intimated that there could be a role in place for Bale that he would need to adjust to.

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

“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.”

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