Gareth Bale is hoping to play in a central role on a regular basis for Real Madrid this season following talks with Rafa Benitez.

Bale enjoyed great success during his first season at Real following his move from Tottenham two years ago, but he came in for criticism from fans last term and has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Manchester City reportedly interested in the 26-year-old.

However, Bale was deployed in a central attacking role in Real's 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Audi Cup in Munich on Tuesday night, and the Welshman is keen to keep turning out in that position.

He said: "I am confident anyway but it's great to have the support of the manager and the president and hopefully I can repay them now with goals and trophies.

"I have spoken to the manager about playing through the middle. I'm able to go out to the left, the right and the center which is what I was doing at Tottenham and what I do at Wales.

"That's where I play my best football so it's something I'm enjoying. It's my best position. I feel when I played for Tottenham I played my best football there.

"When I play for Wales I play there and play my best football so, for me, that's my position and that's where I play my best. It's where I want to play."