British footballer Gareth Bale, who made a record $140m transfer to Real Madrid this summer, will make his first international appearance for the club when the Spanish giant plays a friendly against Qatari-owned French side Paris Saint-Germain in Doha in January.
“Real Madrid will play a friendly against PSG in Doha on 2 January. The Whites will play the first match of the year in Qatar’s capital against Carlo Ancelotti’s former team and reigning French league champion, a squad Real has already faced in Göteborg during the preseason,” a statement confirmed on Real Madrid’s website.
The match will be part of PSG’s winter training camp in Doha, which will see the player reside in the Qatari capital until January 3, 2014 and train at the city’s Aspire Zone complex.
“To play against an excellent team such as Real Madrid is for us, and all those passionate about football in the Arab world, a great source of joy and underlines the excellent relations that exist between the two clubs. This game is the best possible way for both teams to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead in the second half of the season in their domestic championships and the Champions League,” declared Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al Khelaifi.
The match will make Bale’s international debt for the side. The Welsh footballer was signed by the Spanish club this summer in a record breaking transfer deal but has not made much of an impact due to injury.
The Qatari fund Qatar Sports Investment bought the French club in June 2011 and has spent millions buying new players to boost the team’s side.