Bale Aims For Quick Return to Fitness
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Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive soccer player on Thursday (September 12) was still not sure if he would make his Real Madrid debut at the weekend. Bale was suffering from minor injuries in the run up to his protracted transfer from Tottenham Hotspur and only played about 30 minutes for Wales in a World Cup qualifier in midweek. Now he must wait to see if he will be picked for the squad to face newly promoted Villareal on Saturday (September 14).

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SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 12, 2013)(MUTE)(ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REAL MADRID TV-ACCESS ALL) 1. LEFT BACK MARCELO, STRIKER KARIM BENZEMA AND FORWARD GARETH BALE ARRIVING FOR PRESENTATION 2. GARETH BALE 3. MARCELO, BENZEMA AND BALE PUTTING HANDS TOGETHER 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GARETH BALE, REAL MADRID PLAYER, SAYING: "I feel good, I've been training last week with Wales I had two good sessions today and I got half an hour or 40 minutes game time for Wales so, yes, I'm feeling good. Obviously I'm a bit behind physically than every else but hopefully I'll catch them as soon as possible." 5. MARCELO, BENZEMA AND BALE DURING PRESENTATION 6. SOUNDBITE) (English) GARETH BALE, REAL MADRID PLAYER, SAYING: "He (Carlo Ancelotti) spoke to me but I think we have to wait until the match day to see whether I´m picked or not but hopefully I'll get my fitness straight away and hopefully I'll get a place in the team." 7. BALE 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GARETH BALE, REAL MADRID PLAYER, SAYING: "Yes, it was amazing. He (Cristiano Ronaldo) is a nice guy he made me feel welcome just like every body else did and they made me feel settled straight away and yes, I'm just looking forward to get on the pitch and and do it well." 9. BALE / MARCELO, BENZEMA AND BALE STORY: Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive soccer player on Thursday (September 12) was still not sure if he would make his Real Madrid debut at the weekend. Bale was suffering from minor injuries in the run up to his protracted transfer from Tottenham Hotspur and only played about 30 minutes for Wales in a World Cup qualifier in midweek. Now he must wait to see if he will be picked for the squad to face newly promoted Villareal on Saturday (September 14). At a Real Madrid media event in the Spanish capital Bale, speaking English, said he had two training sessions with his new teammates during the day and was feeling good. "Obviously I'm a bit behind physically than every else but hopefully I'll catch them as soon as possible," he said. He said coach Carlo Ancelotti had spoken to him but added: "I think we have to wait until the match day to see whether I´m picked or not but hopefully I'll get my fitness straight away and hopefully I'll get a place in the team." Bale praised his new colleagues who he said had made him very welcome. On Wednesday the first person to greet him when he arrived for training was Cristiano Ronaldo, who had previously been the world's most expensive player.