Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Gareth Bale with play some part against Villareal on Saturday.
The confirmation of the Welshman's debut on Saturday night follows Bale's compatriot and national team manager Chris Coleman's admittance that Bale is not fit enough to start Madrid's home match against Villareal following recent injuries that have kept him out of competitive action since July, prior to his recent outing on Tuesday for Wales.
With his first piece of action at competitive since then coming in Wales' 3-0 defeat to Serbia in The Dragons World Cup qualifying group. Bale came off the bench with 30 minute's to his name, but his arrival couldn't result in a better outcome for the hosts. Since his excursions for his national side, Bale has since trained for the first time with his new Madrid teammates and infamously shared a £165M handshake with new teammate and idol Cristiano Ronaldo.
Former Chelsea manager Ancelotti has admitted that he is unsure whether the world's most expensive player will start the match however. There has been speculation that the former Tottenham man may be forced to start in the position he started his career off, at left back with Marcelo and Coentrao supposedly injured, but despite that scenario; Madrid could still call on natural centre back Nacho to occupy the left back position.
With so little match time under his belt and concern over his current fitness, Ancelotti might err on the side of caution and start Bale on the bench "I think everyone knows his pre-season was not normal but his physical condition is not bad," Ancelotti told a news conference in Madrid on Friday.
"I don't know if he will start but he will play some of the match. He is very excited and very motivated."
Those final sentiments were echoed by the man himself, with Bale having this to say "I feel good," he said. "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."
Either way, the whole world will be brimming with anticipation when Gareth Bale finally steps onto the famous turf of Real Madrid's Bernabau stadium as a Madrid player on Saturday night.
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