The Welsh international returned to Madrid this summer after spending the 2020/21 season on loan at former club Tottenham.
However, despite ongoing speculation over his future in the Spanish capital, new boss Carlo Ancelotti has brought him back into his starting XI this month.
Despite not getting on the scoresheet at Alaves last time out the 32-year-old opened the scoring after just five minutes at Levante.
Gareth Bale opens the scoring for Real Madrid! 👀
That's a big goal for the Welshman almost two years after he last scored in LaLiga 🏴 pic.twitter.com/uM0SUz88DJ
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) August 22, 2021
Ancelotti will be confident of pushing on a securing a win in the second half with Bale aiming to continue his positive start to the season.
However, with a youthful bench for Ancelotti in this tie he is likely to rely on his experienced stars for the bulk of the 90 minutes.
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