Football: First training session in Madrid for Bale

New Welsh striker of Real Madrid Gareth Bale poses on the pitch during his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Sept 2, 2013. Gareth Bale trained with Real Madrid on Wednesday for the first time since his move from Tottenham Hot
New Welsh striker of Real Madrid Gareth Bale poses on the pitch during his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Sept 2, 2013. Gareth Bale trained with Real Madrid on Wednesday for the first time since his move from Tottenham Hotspur to the Spanish capital. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Gareth Bale trained with Real Madrid on Wednesday for the first time since his move from Tottenham Hotspur to the Spanish capital.

Madrid published a photo on their website of Bale being greeted by Cristiano Ronaldo at the club's Valdebebas training ground after returning from international duty with Wales.

Bale, 24, joined Madrid for an undisclosed fee that many reports say was higher than the world-record 94 million euros (S$158.3 million) paid by the club to Manchester United for Ronaldo in 2009.

Bale played the final half-hour of Wales' 3-0 defeat to Serbia in Cardiff in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. It was his first taste of action this season, but he may well make his debut for his new club in Saturday's trip to Villarreal in La Liga.