Gareth Bale is unsure if he is fit enough to start against Barcelona in El Clasico this weekend.
But Real Madrid’s transfer fee record breaking signing says that he is ready to play if selected by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The 24-year-old Welshman has not even completed two-games worth of time on the field for Los Blancos since joining from Tottenham Hotspur at the beginning of the season.
He just returned to action after the latest in a series of minor injuries, and is slated to feature in some part of Real’s showdown with their great rivals at the Camp Nou.
But while he is clearly excited to participate in such a marquee fixture, when asked about his readiness, Bale sent a mixed message.
“I am not too sure, I have had a few minutes this week and I have had a good week's training as well,” he said.
“So I think I am fit enough. It is up to the manager now whether I play from the start or am on the bench.”
Meanwhile, Bale says that he is increasingly loving life as a Real Madrid player. And he has thanked the club’s biggest star, Cristiano Ronaldo, for the public support the Portuguese international has given him of late.
“Yeah he has been absolutely amazing with me,” he said of CR7.
“He has given me a lot of confidence and I think he has been in the position before so he has been great with me, everybody has been great in the changing room and I felt very settled straight away and I am just looking forward to kicking on now.
“I am enjoying everything about Real Madrid at the moment, obviously it was a bit disappointing to get the injury but that is behind me now and I just want to kick on now, play as well as I can and do my best for the team.”