Real Madrid confirm signing Gareth Bale from Tottenham at record fee 100m
Gareth Bale, who has been a cult-hero for Tottenham Hotspur for the past couple of years, has finally moved to Real Madrid. The Welshman’s transfer saga has finally come to an end – a historic end. Real Madrid are believed to be paying a world record fee of €100 million to Tottenham Hotspur to secure Bale’s services.
It has been one of the longest running negotiations this summer. The 24-year-old Wales international had been linked with a move to Bernabeu since even before the summer transfer window opened. Bale’s imminent move to Real Madrid was quite predictable, although Spurs were very reluctant about letting their coveted player leave.
Tottenham Hotspur ruled out a move for the forward a number of times, but after Bale moved to Madrid it only became a matter of time before the transfer was concluded. The transfer has broken the record for the most transfer fee paid for a player which was made when Real Madrid bought Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for £80 million in 2009.
Real Madrid officials have confirmed that Bale has inked a six-year contract with the club and will be revealed at a ceremonial event at 1300 CET on Monday. Meanwhile, Bale released an emotional farewell statement on Tottenham Hotspur’s official website.
“I have had six very happy years at Tottenham but it's the right time to say goodbye,” Bale said. “We've had some special times together over the years and I've loved every minute of it.
“I would like to thank everyone at the Club, the Chairman, Board, staff, coaches and players -- and most of all the fantastic fans who I hope will understand this amazing career opportunity.
“I am not sure there is ever a good time to leave a club where I felt settled and was playing the best football of my career to date. I know many players talk of their desire to join the club of their boyhood dreams, but I can honestly say, this is my dream come true.
“I am well aware that I would not be at the level I am today were it not for firstly Southampton and then Spurs standing by me during some of the tougher times and affording me the environment and support they have.
“Tottenham will always be in my heart and I'm sure that this season will be a successful one for them. I am now looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my life, playing football for Real Madrid.”
To compensate for the talent the club has lost, Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has signed in Nacer Chadli, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado during the summer transfer window. More recently he added Erik Lamela and Christian Erkisen. Meanwhile, Bale is Real Madrid’s fifth signing this summer. The Spanish football giants have already signed in Asier Illarramendi, Isco, Daniel Carvajal and Casemiro.