The $260 million handshake: Ronaldo welcomes Bale to Madrid

Gareth Bale trained with his new Real Madrid team mates for the first time on Wednesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo among the first to welcome the world record signing to the club's Valdebebas training facilities.

Real play at Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday and the Wales winger could make his debut following his 100 million euro move from Tottenham Hotspur in the recent transfer window.

Real uploaded this picture on their Instagram shortly before training.

Real uploaded this picture on their Instagram shortly before training.

Real published photographs of Portugal forward Ronaldo and Bale greeting each other before the players, many of whom returned from international duty on Wednesday, took to the pitch under the orders of coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Even Sergio Ramos took to Twitter to welcome Bale. The Spaniard had earlier also tweeted a picture of him holding Mesut Ozil's shirt after his move to Arsenal.

"Bale started the session with some individual physical work and later joined the rest of the outfield players," Real said on their website ().

"The Welshman ... and the rest of the internationals then worked on moving the ball in various exercises," they added.

Carlo Ancelotti and Bale (Real Madrid Instagram).

Carlo Ancelotti and Bale (Real Madrid Instagram).

Bale played the final half hour of Wales's 3-0 World Cup qualification defeat at home to Serbia on Tuesday, his first competitive action since July.

However, Wales manager Chris Coleman said that the winger was far from 90-minute fitness and that he would be surprised to see him play a full match this weekend.

With input from Reuters


Updated Date: Sep 12, 2013 08:49 AM

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