'A pleasure to be on the same team as Bale' - Marcelo

The Brazilian is in no doubt that the 24-year-old attacker, who is set to make his Blancos debut against Villarreal, will cope with the pressure of representing the capital club
Marcelo has heaped praise on new Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale, saying "it is a pleasure to be on the same team" as the Welshman.

Los Blancos broke the world transfer record to sign the forward, paying Tottenham €100 million to bring the 24-year-old to the Santiago Bernabeu just before the close of the summer transfer window.

Bale is now set to make his eagerly-awaited Madrid debut in Saturday's Liga clash with Villarreal and Marcelo, who is currently out injured, is looking forward to seeing Bale in action.

"He's a great player and I have the pleasure of being on the same team as him," the Brazilian enthused. "I haven’t trained with him yet but I’m sure he’ll do well. To be at Real Madrid, you have to!"

Marcelo has been ruled out of the trip to the Madrigal after picking up a thigh problem during the Selecao's 6-0 rout of Australia last weekend, but the defender is confident of making a quick recovery.

"I'm getting better every day and hope to be back from the injury to help Real Madrid as soon as possible," the full-back explained.

"At first we thought it was one thing but it turned out to be less serious and I hope to play again soon."

Madrid's meeting with Villarreal is scheduled to get under way at 22:00CET.