Bale scores on Real debut

Gareth Bale scored in his first game for Real Madrid on Saturday night. The Wales star started against Villarreal, and found the net from close range in the first half, before being substituted after an hour.

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Bale 'proud' to score in first game for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale said he was "proud" to have scored in his first game for Real Madrid.

The Wales forward admitted he was "disappointed" with a 2-2 draw away at Villarreal, which leaves Real two points behind early pace-setters Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga.

There was plenty of support from back home on Twitter - Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe quick to congratulate Bale on his debut goal, and encouragement too from Michael Owen, who spent a season playing for Real Madrid.

Gareth Bale scores on Real Madrid debut

Bale had a chance to show off his trademark '11 of hearts' celebration for the first time at Madrid. Credit: Real Madrid Instagram

Wales star Gareth Bale scored on his debut for Real Madrid last night.

The 24-year-old, who became the world's most expensive player when he joined the Spanish giants for £85m from Spurs a fortnight ago, was handed his first start for Madrid against La Liga rivals Villarreal - and began to pay some of that transfer fee back with a first-half goal.

Bale poked the ball in from close range after a cross from Daniel Carvajal to equalise for Madrid just before half-time.

He went close with a shot from outside the area early in the second half, but was withdrawn after 62 minutes, as he is still not fully fit.

The game finished 2-2.

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Bale to make debut for Real Madrid tonight

Gareth Bale has played for Wales since signing for Real Madrid, but is yet to star for the club Credit: ITV News

Wales' Gareth Bale will make his debut for Real Madrid against Villareal later tonight. The Welshman became the world's most expensive football player when he was sold to the Spanish side for more than £85m on the 1st September.

Bale came off the bench for Wales against Serbia earlier in the week, but this will be his first start for his new club.

Bale 'will make Real Madrid debut on Saturday'

Gareth at the Wales v Serbia match earlier this week Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive

Gareth Bale will be involved in Real Madrid's clash against Villarreal on Saturday, manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.

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]."

Gareth Bale trains with Real Madrid for first time

Gareth Bale has trained with his new Real Madrid teammates for the first time.

The £85m Wales star returned to Madrid after international duty, and could make his Real debut against Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday.

Real Madrid posted this picture of Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo shaking hands - not arm wrestling. Credit: Real Madrid / Instagram

Most anticipated was Bale's meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo - the Portuguese he replaced as the most expensive footballer in the world, and a player who is unlikely to want to give up his position as Madrid's leading star.

Bale posted this photograph with Sergio Ramos (left) and ex-Spurs teammate Luka Modric. Credit: Gareth Bale / Instagram

The Spanish giants' big-money signings are famously known as 'Galacticos', and the 24-year-old from Cardiff has very much become one of them.

Coleman: 'Dangerous' for Bale to play full 90 for Madrid

Gareth Bale could not turn around Wales' fortunes last night. Credit: PA

Wales manager Chris Coleman has said it would be "dangerous" if Real Madrid try to play Gareth Bale for a full 90 minutes on Saturday.

The 24-year-old is in line to make his debut for his new club against Villarreal, after appearing as a substitute for Wales, in their 3-0 defeat to Serbia.

Bale has been suffering with a foot injury, and then a groin problem. He came off the bench with just over half an hour remaining, and almost grabbed a goal with a free-kick.

Coleman 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 has only had four training sessions in two months which is dangerous."

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Bale: 'Can't wait to get to Madrid'

Gareth Bale posted the new cover of the FIFA 14 game, with him in his new Real Madrid kit, on Twitter.

He admitted it was "great to finally get back to playing" for Wales last night, after an injury lay-off.

The world's most expensive player said he "can't wait" to get to Madrid now, after the international break and ahead of a potential debut on Saturday.

'Hala Madrid' is a popular fans' saying, meaning 'Go Madrid!'

Bale pictured in Real Madrid kit on new game cover

Gareth Bale posted the new version of the cover on Twitter. Credit: Gareth Bale / Twitter

Gareth Bale's world record transfer from Tottenham to Real Madrid has been recognised by an updated cover of the video game FIFA 14.

The £85m move finally went through 10 days ago, making the Wales' star the world's most expensive football player.

Bale has been suffering with a foot injury - and made his first appearance since July as a substitute, as Wales lost 3-0 to Serbia last night.

He could play for his new club for the first time against Villarreal on Saturday.

The original cover had Bale in his Spurs kit, alongside Barcelona star Lionel Messi. Credit: Gareth Bale / Twitter
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