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Ancelotti: Bale needs time to adapt

The Real Madrid manager has claimed that the ex-Spurs man needs a period of grace from supporters after his summer move.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has called for patience from fans after Gareth Bale’s indifferent start to life in La Liga.

The former Tottenham Hostpur man left the Premier League this summer for the Spanish capital, in a record-breaking £85m move.

But the Italian tactician has asked for supporters to be tolerant of the Wales international, with the attacker just coming back from a spate of niggling injuries.

"It's true that in the last few games he hasn't done extraordinary things, but a player who arrives at a new team, in a new culture, needs time to adapt," Ancelotti told the Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

"The problem the player has is of adaptation. It's not the same to play in Spain as in England."

Ancelotti then laughed off questions that Bale only played against Barcelona last weekend because of his price-tag.

"For me, Bale is a player the same as any other. I think he was a good signing for Real Madrid. Bale played because in my opinion he could play and create problems for Barcelona – only because of that.

"I didn't put in Benzema because I didn't want the opposing defenders to have a clear point of reference. Therefore, Bale started on the left and could change position with Di Maria."

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