Despite being the subject of the biggest transfer deal in the history of world football, it has transpired that Gareth Bale will still not be guaranteed a place in the starting XI while at Real Madrid.
As reported by the Irish Independent on Wednesday morning, Madrid’s assistant coach Paul Clement made the claim only days after Bale signed on the dotted line.
For many, this will come as quite a shock to discover, however, it does make a lot of sense.
First of all, it makes sense from Real Madrid’s point of view. If there is a player who can be selected ahead of the Wales international who is in better form, or who simply adds more to their team chemistry and cohesion, then Carlo Ancelotti should always pick that player first.
Secondly, it makes sense from Gareth Bale’s perspective. Clearly, the 24-year-old will want to feature whenever he can, however with Real Madrid involved in a quite a lot of competitions domestically and abroad, it’s only natural that he won’t start every game.
In fact, the Madridistas would prefer to see his talents preserved for some of the more mouth-watering and important matches that are sure to arrive further on down the line as the season reaches the business end.
With such a talented group of players to choose from, former A.C Milan boss Ancelotti is sure to have his work cut out selecting the best combination week in, week out. Undoubtedly, even with the departures of Ricardo Kaka’ and Mesut Ozil, Los Merengues have not been weakened in the least.
On the contrary, with Isco, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and a whole host of others all on the team sheet for Los Vikingos, they look set for another for another high standard season.
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