Bale set for Monday presentation, but Wales commitment frustrates Madrid

The Spurs star is due to travel back to Cardiff on Tuesday to prepare for international games against Macedonia and Serbia, meaning he will not train in Spain until September 11th

By Ben Hayward

Real Madrid are set to complete the signing of Gareth Bale in the next 24 hours and plan to unveil their new player on Monday, but the Spanish side are frustrated with the forward’s international commitments with Wales which mean he will be unable to train with his new club until September 11th.

A deal with Tottenham has been in place for several days and Madrid had hoped to unveil Bale last Tuesday, but Spurs are still busy in the transfer market themselves and discussions over how the fee will be paid have held up the announcement.

Madrid erected a stage in the stands for Bale’s presentation on August 23rd, but the Blancos have been forced to dismantle the construction for the visit of Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.

Real may now opt to unveil Bale on the pitch itself, as they did with Cristiano Ronaldo among others, and president Florentino Perez hopes for a packed-out Bernabeu as most madrilenos return from their summer holidays this weekend.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has devised a special fitness plan for Bale, who has not played an official game since scoring for Spurs in a friendly win against Swindon on July 16th – his 24th birthday.

However, Bale is due in Cardiff on Tuesday as Wales prepare for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia on Friday, September 6th and Serbia four days later.

That means the 24-year-old will be unable to train with his new club until September 11th and he could be in line for his long-awaited Madrid debut away to Villarreal in the Primera Division three days later.

Meanwhile, Marca claim Madrid will attempt to convince Wales to allow Bale to stay in Spain during the international break. However, any such request is likely to be rejected by the Welsh Football Federation.

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