Di Maria ready for Bale fight

The Argentina international has said that he has no intention of surrendering his place in the team regardless of the 24-year-old's lavish price-tag
Angel Di Maria has fired a warning to world-record signing Gareth Bale that he is prepared to fight to regain a starting berth at Real Madrid.

The Argentine was preferred to the Welshman by coach Carlo Ancelotti for the 6-1 victory over Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday, with the €100 million star starting on the bench for los Blancos.

And the 25-year-old, who started 22 league games under former boss Jose Mourinho last season, has said that he will not surrender his starting berth without a fight.

"I stayed here in Madrid because I want to keep winning," he told reporters. "When the coach tells me to play I will, and I will sit on the bench if he wants that.

"But I want to earn the starting spot because up until now I was playing regularly."

Di Maria, whose contract with the Spanish giants expires in 2018, has made 142 appearances for the club since arriving in Madrid from Benfica in 2009.