MADRID (AP) — Coach Carlo Ancelotti gave Real Madrid fans two things to celebrate on Friday.
The Italian manager said Gareth Bale will make his debut for his new club at Villarreal on Saturday, and goalkeeper Iker Casillas will get his first start since midway through last season on Tuesday in Madrid's Champions League opener.
"Bale doesn't have any injuries, he is in good health, excited and motivated. He will play against Villarreal," Ancelotti said.
He said Bale will play "on the right," likely meaning Cristiano Ronaldo will shift inwards. He said he hadn't decided if Bale will start or play as a substitute.
Ancelotti added that Tottenham had received offers from other clubs greater than the world record 100 million euros ($132 million) Madrid paid to secure the transfer of the Welsh winger.
"I know that Tottenham had offers superior to Real Madrid's," he said. "I don't know what was paid, but I know they had a greater offer. The desire the player had to come here made the difference."
Bale made his first appearance this season as a substitute for Wales on Tuesday.