Gareth Bale becomes an instant hit amongst Real Madrid faithful
It was a transfer saga that had many ups and downs along the road. From start to end, the summer transfer window was all about whether Real Madrid will seal a deal for Tottenham Hotspur’s coveted forward Gareth Bale. In the end, Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy made Real Madrid wait till the last minute of transfer window confirm the signing and in the process pocket transfer fees for the world’s most expensive player.
Real Madrid had been tenacious about signing Bale all summer. The Spanish football giants had made it clear that they would be willing to break the bank in order to acquire Bale’s services and Levy made sure they did. Real Madrid Florentino Perez had to wipe sweat from his brow even before introducing Bale to the Madridsta at the revealing ceremony.
The whole ceremony wasn’t as flashy as the one Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed. The Portuguese celebrated his arrival at Real Madrid with a full-house reception and the love of all souls with passion for Los Blancos. Meanwhile, Bale made a good impression in front of the crowd as well. The Welshman quickly won their faith and later promised to bring out his best for the club.
Bale, who called Ronaldo the “boss”, also revealed that he had been a Real Madrid fan since childhood. Bale also commented on his transfer fees suggesting he would have signed in for Real Madrid “for a penny”. The 24-year-old Wales international insists that he didn’t indulge much in the transfer process between the club.
Real Madrid have refrained from suggesting that Bale is the record signing for them, although Real Madrid spokesman Emilio Butragueño made no attempts to correct reporters when they said that Bale was the club’s record signing.
“I just want to say that it is amazing to be here,” Bale said. “It's a dream and I hope we can bring the 10th European Cup to the club.”
Bale then took permission speak in Spanish and won over the hearts of Real Madrid faithful all over again.
“I'm going to try a few words in Spanish,” Bale said before saying, “Es un sueño para mí jugar en el Real Madrid, gracias. Gracias por esta gran acogida. Hala Madrid!”(It is a dream for me to play at Real Madrid, thank you. Thank you for this great welcome. Up Madrid!)