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Ronaldo stands up for Bale: Leave him alone!

The former Manchester United attacker has backed his new Real Madrid team-mate to shine at the Santiago Bernabeu once he is fully fit.

Gareth Bale has a world of expectation on his shoulders following his world record transfer move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in the summer.

The Wales international has come in for some criticism in Spain following an injury prone start to life at his new club, but Cristiano Ronaldo has come to Bale’s defence.

"People are putting a lot of pressure on him because of what he cost and all that but I don't think it's good for him," Ronaldo said.

"If you want to try to help him don't put too much pressure on him … leave him alone.

“He hasn't had it easy because his pre-season was disrupted and then he got the injury. If you talk to him you can tell he is very excited about playing and being part of the team.

"I am 100% sure he will be great for the team because he is a fantastic player and a wonderful person. He always wants to learn, which is the most important thing."

Bale made his debut in a 2-2 draw against Villarreal, scoring in the process. However, the former Spurs man has suffered due to the lack of a proper pre-season and has picked up debilitating injuries as a result.

It is an important week for Bale and Madrid, with two mammoth games for Carlo Ancelotti’s men. Firstly, they take on Juventus in the Champions League tonight for top spot in the group and a foot in the next round.

Then Ancelotti’s men travel to Camp Nou on Saturday to take on fierce El Clasico rivals Barcelona. This clash could have a significant impact on the outcome of the La Liga title, with the Catalan outfit three points ahead of Madrid currently; a six-point point would be a real shot in the arm for Barcelona, even at this early stage of the season.

Bale looks set to play his part in both games, as he has been included in Ancelotti’s squad for the clash against the Turin giants tonight. Whether he get a place from the start remains to be seen, with Angel Di Maria and Isco vying for a starting berth also.

The next week could be make or break for Bale, as a commanding performance or goals against Juve or Barca would endear him to the Santiago Bernabeu faithful.

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