Gareth Bale not a guaranteed starter according to Real Madrid coach
You might think spending 100million euros on a new signing only to keep him on the bench is a ludicrous notion, although perhaps Gareth Bale will have to earn his place at the Bernabeu.
September 4th, 2013
Bale finally completed his move to Real Madrid earlier this week, with 20,000 fans attending the unveiling of the world’s most expensive player, although the club’s assistant coach claims that every player has to demonstrate they are good enough to play for the first team.
Bale’s arrival at the club prompted Mesut Ozil to leave for Arsenal, although there is still fierce competition for places, with Carlo Ancelotti working out a system which might best accommodate the Welshman and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“There’s a lot of competition for places – no-one will be guaranteed anything,” Englishman Clement told BBC Sport.
“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.”