Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed new signing Gareth Bale will make his debut away at Villareal on Saturday.
The Welshman's only competitive action so far this season came as a substitute as he played half an hour of the 3-0 home defeat to Serbia on Tuesday night, but Ancelotti says Bale will play some part in the eagerly-anticipated La Liga contest.
He tolder reporters: "I think everyone knows his pre-season was not normal but his physical condition is not bad.
"I don't know if he will start but he will play some of the match. He is very excited and very motivated."
There had been suggestions this week that Bale could make his debut at left-back following injuries to Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao, but when prompted about where the 24-year old will play, Ancelotti said: "On the right side [of attack]," which paves the way for Ronaldo to continue in his familar left-sided role, with Isco expected to play through the middle.
The Italian boss, who became the new manager of Madrid in the summer, also says that Bale has settled in to the squad well, alongside the other galacticos.
"He's arrived full of enthusiasm and he is very happy to be at the team he wanted to join. He is a humble player who likes to be with his team-mates. He fits in well with the squad, " Ancelotti stated.
It has surely been a long week for Bale who is no doubt eager to get his Madrid career up and running at El Madrigal at the weekend and the Welshman is hoping he can cement a place in the first-team as soon as possible, adding that it is an "honour" to be at the club he has supported since he was a boy.
"[Ancelotti] spoke to me but we have to wait until the match day to see whether I'm picked or not but hopefully I can get my fitness up straight away and get a place in the team.
"I got half an hour to 40 minutes' game time with Wales and I'm feeling good but obviously I'm a bit behind physically than everybody else but hopefully I can catch up as soon as possible.
"The boys have been very nice to me and made me settle quickly and it’s just an honour to be here."
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