Gareth Bale: I want to play in the middle for Real Madrid

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is keen to play more frequently through the middle this season after impressing there against his old club, Tottenham, on Tuesday.

The Welsh forward scored the second goal during his side’s 2-0 Audi Cup win against the north Londoners at the Allianz Arena, playing in a No.10 role by new coach Rafa Benitez.

Madrid are spoilt for choice in that area, with the likes of Isco and James Rodriguez to call upon, but Bale is convinced that a central position makes for the best use of his talents.

“It’s my best position,” he told reporters. “When I played for Tottenham, I felt I played my best football there and, when I play for Wales, I play there and play my best football. For me, that’s my position and it’s where I want to play.

“I’m able to go out to the left and the right and it’s what I was doing at Tottenham and what I do for Wales. It’s great to have the support of the manager and the president [Florentino Perez] and, hopefully, I can repay them with some goals and trophies.”

Bale admits that it was “a little bit weird” to play against his old side but enjoyed the lack of pressure on the encounter.

“When you play against your former team, it’s always a little bit weird but it’s a pre-season game and the main thing for us was fitness,” he explained. “We only came back from Australia and China a few days ago and we had three days off so coming into this was a bit difficult but it was good to get the win and it was nice to score.

“There are some familiar faces in the Tottenham squad but there has also been a lot of change. I know a few of the players who are staying in the same hotel so it’s been nice to catch up with everybody. Hopefully, they will do well this season.

“They play some great stuff. They are a bit weary. They have got their first Premier League game this weekend so they are preparing for that. Hopefully, they can do well and qualify for the Champions League.”