Star aims for debut start
Gareth Bale has revealed he is hoping to start for Real Madrid on Saturday despite his lack of match action.
The world's most expensive footballer spent a second day training with his new team-mates on Thursday ahead of the weekend trip to Villarreal.
Bale has had just 31 minutes' competitive action this season - a substitute appearance in Wales' defeat to Serbia this week - and his national manager Chris Coleman has said the player is not ready to play 90 minutes.
But, speaking at a launch of Real's third kit, the 24-year-old insisted he will be ready to answer Carlo Ancelotti's call on Saturday.
"I feel good," he said. "I have been training in the last week with Wales. I have had two good sessions today and I got half an hour with Wales on Tuesday.
"Obviously I am a bit behind everyone else physically, but I am hopeful I can catch up as soon as possible.
"I think you will have to wait until the match to see whether I am picked or not. Hopefully I can get my fitness up straight away and hopefully get a place in the team."
Bale has been warned by Barcelona's Gerard Pique that it may take a while to find his feet in the Bernabeu dressing-room.
But the £86m man, whose fee eclipsed the £80m paid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo, says his welcome has been a warm one.
"It was amazing," he said. "He (Ronaldo) is a nice guy, and he made me feel welcome just like everyone else. I am just looking forward to getting on the pitch and doing well."