PHOTO: Gareth Bale with Real Madrid team-mates James Rodriguez and Marcelo

Gareth Bale

Former Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale is looking forward to playing for Real Madrid against Sevilla in his hometown of Cardiff next week.

The UEFA Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Sevilla in Cardiff on Tuesday will have special meaning for Gareth Bale.

The 25-year-old winger was born and bred in the Welsh capital before joining Southampton’s youth academy at an early age.

The Wales international would go on to play for the Saints’ first team before joining Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2007. It was at White Hart Lane that he started to make the world take notice of him.

Both as a left-back and a left-winger, Bale was sensational and became the most expensive footballer in the world when Real Madrid signed him for £85 million in the summer of 2013.

Bale struggled with injuries at the start of the 2013-14 campaign, but he soon picked up momentum and hit top form, finishing with 15 goals and 12 assists in 27 La Liga appearances.

The Welshman also scored the winning goal in the Copa del Rey final against Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona and was on target in Los Blancos’s 4-1 extra-time victory over city-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final.

Bale will now hope to continue his good run of form for Madrid on Tuesday when they face Spanish rivals Sevilla in his hometown of Cardiff.

The former Tottenham star is certainly relishing the prospect of featuring at the Cardiff City Stadium and posted the following picture of him, James Rodriquez and Marcelo on social networking site Twitter on Friday.

Bale is likely to start the encounter, and so are Rodriguez and Marcelo. The former is Madrid’s latest ‘Galactico’, having joined the 10-time European champions from AS Monaco for a reported transfer fee of £63 million last month.

Carlo Ancelotto’s side will be favourites heading into Tuesday’s match, but Sevilla have shown in the past that they can spring surprises.

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