5 Sep 2013

Bale must earn his stripes in Madrid

5:44 am on 5 September 2013

Gareth Bale won't be guaranteed to start every game at Real Madrid despite his enormous price tag.

That's the word from the Spanish club's assistant coach Paul Clement following Bale's presentation at the club on Tuesday after signing from Tottenham Hotspur on a six year contract for a world record fee of about $170 million.

Clement says Bale must prove his worth if the 24-year-old is to hold down a place in Carlo Ancelotti's team, for which there's fierce competition for places.

Bale, who is currently on international duty with Wales, is expected to make his Madrid debut Villarreal next weekend.