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Sunday January 5 2014
Ancelotti on Bale, Celta & 2014

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he does not know yet if Gareth Bale will start for Real Madrid against Celta Vigo.

The Wales international has been named in the squad for the game against the Celestes on Monday evening, but the Italian tactician has revealed that he is still unsure if the attacker is fit enough for a starting berth.

“Bale will be included in the squad for the match tomorrow, but I have to decide if he’s going to play,” he told a Press conference.

“He has trained this week, he’s fine, he has no problems, but we might wait a bit more so as to play him at peak condition.”

The Coach has claimed that he wants to get the year off to a good start with a win, but realises that playing Celta will be tough.

“We finished last year well, even though we struggled to win the last match [against Valencia]. In the last two months we played well and tomorrow

“I hope to see that same attitude and concentration. The players have come back in good condition, the team is doing well and I think we can play well tomorrow.

“They are a good team that play good football. I know the Coach’s philosophy because he was in Italy and it is about playing good football. Hopefully it will be a good spectacle.

“We’ll have to be really focused because they’re very dangerous.”

Ancelotti then commented on Fabio Coentrao’s future at the club and Jese’s impact since coming into the first team squad.

“[Fabio’s] situation is clear. He suffered a major injury with Portugal. He began training 15 days ago and has to do a pre-season. He is training with the team and is doing well but still needs 15 days or so to get into shape.

“I have not spoken about [Jese] starting. It is hard to say that he will start. He's doing well and is showing that he is important to the team. That's enough. He is very young and is doing very well, so we're all happy with him. He may play tomorrow."

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