Gareth Bale forced to choose between two shirt numbers after losing iconic No 11

Gareth Bale will not wear his iconic No 11 shirt for Real Madrid this season.

The Welshman is back in the Spanish capital after a fairly successful loan stint at Tottenham.

Bale is hoping for to revive his Bernabeu career under Carlo Ancelotti after failing to prove himself under predecessor Zinedine Zidane.

But the star winger won't be donning his famous shirt number due to the fact Marco Asensio has since taken the jersey during his absence.

Spanish outlet AS report Bale will now have to choose between No 14 or No 16 when it comes to his shirt this season, with Casemiro set to take No 5 when Raphael Varane departs for Manchester United.

Bale has remained tight-lipped over his future in recent months, even refusing to answer about it when Wales were knocked out of the World Cup.

"Obviously there's been a lot of things written about whether I'm doing this and doing that," he said back in June.

"For me, the main thing is I don't want to say anything that's going to cause more chaos or more drama or cause a distraction. I just want to focus on this Euros.

"I don't want to say anything that is going to cause any problems on what I am doing or what I am not doing. My focus is just on the Euros.

"When the Euros finishes for us then I will sit down and decide what I want to do."

Ancelotti enjoys a good relationship with Bale and is poised to give him a chance to redeem himself with Real Madrid fans.

"Gareth has not played much in the Premier League, but he scored lots of goals, was very effective in recent games when he had chance to play," he said last month.

"He is coming back, I know him very well, he will be motivated to play better and have a great season, no doubt."

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