I'm not as fit as Real Madrid teammates: Gareth Bale

Sep 13, 2013, 03:44 IST | AFP

World's costliest footballer admits to fitness issues as he prepares for possible Madrid debut tomorrow

Gareth Bale said yesterday he was “a bit behind” his new Real Madrid teammates in terms of fitness, after a close season hampered by injury.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale during the presentation of Real Madrid’s Champions League kit for the 2014/2015 season. Pic/Getty Images

But the big-money signing from English Premier League side Tottenham said he hope to be back to his best as soon as possible and maintained that his troublesome foot was better.

“I feel good. I have been training in the last week with Wales. I have had two good sessions today and I got half an hour or 40 minutes game-time with Wales (on Tuesday),” the 24-year-old told reporters at the launch of Madrid’s third kit.

“Obviously I am a bit behind physically than everyone else but I am hopeful I can catch up as soon as possible.” Bale signed for Real from the north London club earlier this month on a six-year deal for around 80 million pounds (USD 124 million, 94 million euros).

The winger said he did not know whether Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti would pick him for tomorrow’s game against Villarreal in La Liga. “He has spoken to me but I think you will have to wait until the match later to see if whether I am picked or not,” he said.

“Hopefully I can get my fitness up straight away and hopefully get a place in the team” he added, vowing to give “100 percent” regardless of where Ancelotti will play him.

Bale also said he was happy with the welcome he received in the dressing room, particularly from Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It was amazing. He’s a nice guy and he made me feel welcome just like everyone else,” said Bale. “I am just looking forward to getting on the pitch and doing well.” 

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