Gareth Bale will play some part for Real Madrid against Villarreal on Saturday manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed. All eyes are on Bale after his world-record move from Tottenham but doubts over whether or not he will start against the Yellow Submarine exist because he has only played 32 minutes of football this season. Ancelotti refused to confirm whether or not the Wales international will start at El Madrigal but did say on Friday: "Bale will travel to Villarreal and will play. I'm not sure if he will start or come off from the bench." When asked about where he would play he added: "On the right hand side [of attack]." Bale did not play for Tottenham this season before making his high-profile switch and featured only off the bench for Wales. The international break also meant his time with his new team-mates has been severely limited with his first training session coming on Wednesday. Nevertheless Ancelotti is confident Bale can make an impact on Saturday. "Bale came here without having a normal pre-season but his condition is not bad. He will travel tomorrow and he will play. He has no injuries he is excited and very motivated. "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." Bale will have a number of new issues to tackle at Madrid including fitting in alongside superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and dealing with the expectation that comes with such a large transfer fee.
Gareth Bale to make debut for Real Madrid against Vilarreal on Saturday
The Guardian | Sep 13