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The world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale, has said that he is extremely proud of his goalscoring debut for Real Madrid. The 24-year-old recently completed the £ 86 million transfer to Real Madrid, which surpassed the £ 80 million paid by Madrid for the services of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. Bale was expected to be on the bench for his debut match against Villarreal. He was not in the best possible shape, which limited his game time during the international break. Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti did confirm prior to the match that Bale was going to take part in the match at some time or the other, but he refused to comment whether he would start or not.
In the end, he did start and he managed to open the scoring after just 34 min. Villarreal had taken the lead a few minutes before, but a tap in from Bale equalised the match. He was replaced after the 60th minute. Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo also scored in the match to give Madrid the lead, which was quickly wiped out following a goal from Giovanni dos Santos. After the match, Bale said that he was extremely delighted to have scored on his debut for his new team, but was not happy with the result.
“Proud to score on my debut and pleased to get 60 minutes, just disappointed not to get the result,” said the 24-year-old. “I think he (Bale) is happy to score his first goal for Real Madrid. He played in a difficult match and he played well, showing his good attitude,” said Carlo Ancelotti after the match. Bale is now expected to make an even more impact in his European debut. Real Madrid will be playing against Galatasaray on Wednesday night in the first match of the Champions league group stages for this season.
Napoli recently managed to sell Edinson Cavani for the fee they have been asking in the last few years. The Uruguay striker has joined French club PSG for around £ 53 million, which is one of the highest ever transfer fees paid to a player. The departure of the Uruguay star, though, has left a void in the Napoli team. As a result, they will be getting into the transfer market in order to strengthen the team according to president Aurelio De Laurentiis. The club recently appointed former Chelsea and Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez as the replacement for Walter Mazzarri, who departed for Inter Milan.
De Laurentiis is keen on giving his new manager some chance to achieve the feats of the last few years when Napoli have managed to rise as one of the top teams in Italy. Last season, they finished second in the table only behind eventual winners Juventus. However, the absence of Cavani will be a huge loss for the club because he has contributed majority of the goals for the club in the last two years. Napoli are believed to be targeting Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is on the market for around £ 25 million.
This fee will not be a problem for Napoli, who are cash rich following the sale of Cavani.
“It’s true that we’re negotiating for Gonzalo Higuain and Leandro Damiao. The money we got for Cavani added to the £52million we had set aside for the transfer budget means there will be £107.5m to carefully invest on Napoli,” said Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis. Napoli, though, will have to face stiff competition from Arsenal, who are believed to be on the verge of signing the Argentine ace. Chelsea are also monitoring the situation as well after losing out on Cavani.