Gareth Bale ready for Real Madrid debut

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Gareth Bale is hopeful that he will make his Real Madrid debut against Villarreal on Saturday night.

The former Tottenham star, who completed his world-record £85.3m move to the Bernabeu in the final days of the summer transfer window, has been training with his new teammates for the first time this week after spending the international break with Wales.

Bale only played 31 minutes out of a possible 180 due to a groin injury, but the Welshman says he now feels good and is ready to play if selected by manager Carlo Ancelotti this weekend.

"I feel good," he said at the launch of Real Madrid's new orange third kit. "I have been training in the last week with Wales. I have had two good sessions today and I got half an hour with Wales on Tuesday.

"Obviously I am a bit behind everyone else physically, but I am hopeful I can catch up as soon as possible.

"I think you will have to wait until the match to see whether I am picked or not. Hopefully I can get my fitness up straight away and hopefully get a place in the team."

Bale also revealed that the welcome he received from his new teammates was "amazing" - including from Cristiano Ronaldo, who the 24-year-old hailed as "the boss" during his first press conference as a Real Madrid player.

"He (Ronaldo) is a nice guy, and he made me feel welcome just like everyone else," Bale added. "I am just looking forward to getting on the pitch and doing well."

Real Madrid currently sit fourth - one place below Villarreal - in the La Liga table after picking up three wins from their opening three matches.

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