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HindustanTimes Fri,24 Oct 2014

Football

No return to left-back for Bale, says Ancelotti
AFP
Madrid, April 02, 2014
First Published: 01:19 IST(2/4/2014)
Last Updated: 01:20 IST(2/4/2014)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has shot down any suggestions Gareth Bale could return to play at left-back after Brazilian international Marcelo was ruled out for a couple of weeks by a hamstring injury.

Marcelo will miss both legs of Real's Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund with the first leg taking place at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Bale began his career at left-back at Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur before twice becoming Premier League Player of the Year from a more advanced position and Ancelotti insisted that the Welshman would maintain his place on the right side of Real's attack.

"Bale at full-back is not an option for us," he told reporters ahead of Dortmund's visit to the Spanish capital. "We have a problem with Marcelo, but we can cover his absence well with (Fabio) Coentrao. He is fresh and will replace him without any problems."

Bale was on target twice in Real's 5-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday as Ancelotti's men bounced back from consecutive defeats to Barcelona and Sevilla.

Ancelotti admitted that Bale can be inconsistent, but defended the player's attitude and claimed that was to be expected given the type of player he is and the position he plays in.

"I think it is true he is a little intermittent, but that is a characteristic of all forwards and especially very quick players."


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