Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has given a huge boost to the fans, who have been waiting to see Gareth Bale make his debut at the Santiago Bernebeu, by confirming that the midfielder could start against Atletico Madrid. This could be one of the important matter derbies in recent years because Atletico come into the encounter after having taken seven straight victories, while Madrid have already dropped two points. In order to respond to the Barcelona’s signing of Neymar, it is believed that Florentino Perez went out and secured the contract of Gareth Bale for a world record transfer fee of £ 86 million.
This is in addition to the wages of more than £ 300,000 per week. However, the Wales international has been unable to make an instant impact at the Santiago Bernabeu due to persistent injury problems. He did not have a proper pre-season with Tottenham because he was involved in the transfer embargo. Instead of giving him time to settle, Ancelotti gave his debut in the 2-2 draw with Villarreal. Bale played 60 minutes of football in the match and he has not been perfect ever since. He did score on his debut, but persistent injury problems have taken the shine out of the star name.
Ancelotti, however, expects Bale to be on the starting line-up for the visit of Atletico Madrid.
“I think he will be ready for Saturday no problem. He was a bit sad after the Getafe game but changed quickly because he started to think about Saturday’s game,” said Ancelotti ahead of the crunch match. Meanwhile, Florentino Perez has said that the £ 86 million paid to Tottenham for Bale is very cheap. “The signing was cheap. It was shown with Figo, Zidane, Beckham and Ronaldo. Even though they were very expensive, we went from losing money to making money,” said Perez.