Gareth Bale to make Real Madrid debut on Saturday against Villarreal

Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut on Saturday against Villarreal.

Carlo Ancelotti said he had not decided if the player would start or come off the bench but hinted at the former by answering a question about what position he would play saying: 'He will play on the right.'

Bale has only trained for three days with his new team-mates but Ancelotti said: 'Everyone knows that he has not had a normal preseason but his condition is good and he willl play.

'I don’t know if he will start but he will definitely play a part. I have not decided if he will be in the eleven or on the bench.'

The Italian coach suggested he had been persuaded by the player’s attitude that despite playing in only one match in preseason he was already at the same physical level as his team-mates.

He said: 'This is not the moment to leave him to one side. He will get sharpeness from playing. He is highly motivated and wants to be involved. He is in good condition.'

Asked where he was thinking of using Bale, Ancelottti was categoric: 'On the right.'

The Real Madrid manager practically revealed his team for tomorrow with Asier Illaramendi also set to start and Iker Casillas once again to be left on the bench although the manager confirmed the World Cup winning goalkeeper would be Madrid’s keeper in the Champions League this season.

Ancelotti added: 'The two (Ronaldo and Bale) can play perfectly well together. They are both great players and it provides us with absolutely no problem at all.'


  1. Bale will be a success at Madrid, trust me. So happy for him #HalaMadrid


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