Bale to debut against Villarreal


MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Gareth Bale will make his debut at Villarreal on Saturday.

Ancelotti says “Bale doesn’t have any injuries, he is fit, excited and motivated. He will play against Villarreal.”

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The Italian manager says Bale will play “on the right,” likely meaning Cristiano Ronaldo will shift inwards. Ancelotti hasn’t decided if Bale will start or play as a substitute.

Ancelotti also says that fellow new signing Asier Illarramendi is fit and will make his debut in the midfield.

Madrid paid a world record 100 million euros ($132 million) to Tottenham for Bale.

Bale played his first game this season as a substitute for Wales on Tuesday.


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