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Preparations are under way in the Santiago Bernabéu directors’ box for the unveiling of Gareth Bale, according to reports

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Preparations are under way in the Santiago Bernabéu directors’ box for the unveiling of Gareth Bale, which could take place as early as Saturday, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

Although Real Madrid are yet to confirm a deal for the Wales international, the club does not want to leave anything to improvisation and already has its workers readying the stage which is usually used for player presentations.

Restrictions on guided tours of the Bernabéu are also expected for tomorrow. The club have had his No11 shirt ready for weeks.

Madrid and Bale have reached an agreement that will see the 24-year-old become the La Liga side’s fifth summer signing after Dani Carvajal, Casemiro, Isco and Asier Illarramendi.

In what would be a world-record transfer fee for the Tottenham Hotspur winger, the deal is set to cost around €100m (£86m).

Nevertheless, the indications are that Bale’s unveiling will be a more modest one than those of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Kaká, which all took place on the pitch itself.

This story was originally published on AS English. For the best sports news from Spain without picking up a dictionary, visit www.as.com/english

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