Bale: No 10 my best position

Gareth Bale claims he has received assurances that he will continue playing in his “best position” as Real Madrid’s No 10.

The Welshman arrived at Los Blancos in the summer of 2013 as a left winger but spent his first two seasons under Carlo Ancelotti on the right, before being moved in field by Rafa Benitez, although he featured back on the right against Barcelona on Saturday.

“My plan when I first started playing was to try to reach the pinnacle – and Real is the pinnacle,” he told BBC Sport.

“I am enjoying my time here. Now I’m here, I want to win trophies and to win titles, and just do the best I can for my career.

“I will never say never when it comes to going back to the Premier League, because you don’t know what the future holds.

“I had conversations with Rafa [Benitez] in the summer and I am delighted about where I am going to be playing this season.

“I like the role behind the striker and feel that's my position. I can drift into areas, find the space and, when I get the ball, attack.

“It's my best position – and I think this year is going to be a great season.”

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