Santiago Bernabeu

Next Game

R Madrid v Bay Munich

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 19:45

Champions League Semi-Final

Mestalla

Last Game

R Madrid 2 - 1 Barcelona

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 20:30

Copa del Rey Final

Bale's Real debut confirmed

World record signing Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut in Saturday's La Liga match at Villarreal, live on Sky Sports, coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.

Last Updated: 14/09/13 at 20:18 Post Comment   

Gareth Bale to make his Real debut this weekend, live on Sky Sports

Gareth Bale to make his Real debut this weekend, live on Sky Sports

The winger played the final half-hour of Wales's 3-0 World Cup qualification defeat at home by Serbia on Tuesday - his first competitive action since July - and trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Wednesday.

"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."

Speaking at the launch of Real's third kit on Thursday, the 24-year-old Bale insisted he would be ready to answer Ancelotti's call on Saturday night.

"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."

Wales coach Chris Coleman expressed his view after the Serbia defeat that Bale is still not in a position to play a full 90 minutes.

Coleman had said: "If he starts Saturday, he will not finish the game. I would be amazed if he does.

"We have looked at him in these 10 days and he is nowhere near ready for 90 minutes even if Spanish football is slower.

"He may start, but he won't finish the game. He may get 45 minutes, I don't know, but he will feel better in himself after 30 minutes here.

"He played 30 minutes but after 15 minutes he looked tired - but he has only had four training sessions, so you will not get what you normally get."

After the Villarreal fixture, Real face Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday before hosting city rivals Getafe at the Bernabeu the following Sunday.

Villarreal v Real Madrid is live on Sky Sports 2 this Saturday, kick-off 9pm (UK time)

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Transfer news: Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino warns off Luke Shaw suitors

Mauricio Pochettino says in-demand defender Luke Shaw will be staying at Southampton.

Premier League: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers targets win at Norwich

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Sunderland's draw with Manchester City is a "warning sign" for his side.

Transfer news: Schalke's Julian Draxler set to stay put, insists chairman

Clemens Tonnies says it would take "something extraordinary" for Julian Draxler to leave Schalke this summer.

Mail Box

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

City: Bottle Jobs, A Laughing Stock...

There are some harsh words for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini in the Mailbox this morning, as well as some rather nicer ones for Tony Pulis and his magic hat...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property