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Although the ex-Spurs winger won the vote, the young Spaniard came close to beating him on who should start alongside Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo

Gareth Bale deserves to start ahead of Jese Rodriguez on the right wing for Real Madrid, according to Goal readers.

Jese has been in superb form for the Blancos since the winter break, scoring four goals in five starts, but was narrowly outvoted by the Welsh winger.

Bale, who has had a few injury problems since his €100 million move to the Santiago Bernabeu, bagged 45.2 per cent of the poll with 1,808 votes.

Jese pushed the former Tottenham winger close, though, with 1,745 people (43.6%) backing the Spain Under-21 star to shine if picked to start in the first team on a regular basis.

Four hundred and forty seven people (11.2%) were undecided which of Bale or Jese should be picked to play in Madrid's 4-3-3 alongside Cristiano Ronaldo on the left of the attack and Karim Benzema in the middle.

The two wide players are likely to play together for the next three La Liga matches, starting with Saturday's clash with Villarreal, due to Ronaldo's suspension-induced absence.

However, Carlo Ancelotti faces a dilemma-of-sorts when the Ballon d'Or winner returns as the three wingers cannot all start for Madrid.

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Jese or Bale: who should be Madrid's first choice?

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