Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale meet before Madrid training

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Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been pictured today meeting ahead of the Welshman's first training session with Real Madrid.

Bale usurped Ronaldo as the most expensive player of all time when he completed his £86 million move from Tottenham earlier today.

Reports in Spain had suggested that Madrid had negotiated Bale's price down to £78 million in order to retain Ronaldo's status as the world's most expensive player - something refuted by Tottenham and their manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Despite suggestions of potential tension between the pair both looked at ease as they met before Bale's first training session with his new club.

It had been feared that a groin injury would delay Bale's debut for Los Blanocs but he looks in line to make his first appearance against Villarreal on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Villas-Boas says it is time Tottenham moved on from Bale's departure as they prepare to resume their Premier League campaign against Norwich this weekend.

"It was a transfer which took so much time to resolve, but it gives us the possibility to focus on what is our work from now on," the Portuguese told TalkSport.

"We just have to continue winning. After the defeat at Arsenal, we want to be back alongside the top teams. Most of them have lost points though, apart from Liverpool, but we want to be in the mix, so it [Norwich] is a game we have to win.

"There is a long way to go and the objective is to get the most amount of points possible. Losing to Arsenal is always difficult for us, so we want to bounce back as soon as possible.

"The calendar dictated the timing of the match and for us it was fine either way. Now it has already gone by and it does not change the importance of the Norwich game either way – we have to win just the same, so that is where our focus will be."

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