Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has hinted that world record signing Gareth Bale could be in the starting line-up to face Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Saturday, according to ITV Sport.

Bale appeared as a second-half substitute in both Saturday's 2-0 win over Malaga and last night's 2-1 victory against Juventus, as he returns to full fitness after a thigh injury.

Ancelotti spoke to Realmadrid.com after their Champions league victory over Juve and when asked about Bale, he said: "He came when the match had no intensity, no team's play did not help him to play better.

"It is important for him to get match time, his fitness is better and he is ready to play a match now.

"Bale likes to play on the right and when he plays he will play there."

The Welshman has struggled to make an impact in the Spanish capital since joining from Tottenham Hotspur for £85million.

However he has his chance to perform on the biggest stage when the eagerly anticipated match between Madrid and Barcelona comes around on Saturday.

Madrid captain Iker Casillas has said that the side want to take advantage of Barca dropping points last weekend, by taking three more points off them.

"We have to take advantage of what happened in the last match," said the long-serving 'keeper.

"A win would put us joint first, depending on what Atletico Madrid do.

"We have to go with the idea of winning the match and playing good football."

Both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona dropped points last weekend. The current Spanish champions drew 0-0 away at Osasuna whilst Atletico lost 1-0 away at Espanyol.

Real beat Malaga 2-0 to go just three points behind their title rivals.

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