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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bale meets Ronaldo and shake hands in Real Madrid training.

Gareth Bale was greeted by Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of his first training session since joining Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old, who surpassed the Portugal international as the world's most-costly player following his 86 million move from Tottenham, is poised to make his debut for his new club against Villarreal on Saturday evening.

Bale began the training session by undergoing individual physical work with a coach before joining his new team-mates in their full hot-up.

The Wales international then took part in light ball work with Iker Casillas, Luka Modric. Karim Benzema, Daniel Carvajal, Alvaro Morata, Nacho and Jese.

Ronaldo, along with summer signing Isco, trained apart from Bale, while Raphael Varane was alone with a fitness coach as he makes his comeback from a knee injury.

Bale came upon as a second-half substitute in Wales' World Cup qualifier against Serbia upon Tuesday evening, and following his side's 3-0 defeat, manager Chris Coleman believes the winger may be subjected to a restricted amount of playing time in his early stages at Madrid.

"If he starts Saturday, he will not finish the game. I would be amazed if he does," Coleman told reporters.

"We have looked at him in these 10 days and he is nowhere close ready for 90 minutes even if Spanish football is slower.

"He may begin, but he won't finish the game. He may get 45 minutes, I don't know, but he will feel better in himself after 30 minutes here.

"But he has only had four training sessions in two months which is risky."

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