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Real Madrid breaks world record: signs Bale for 85m

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Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Real Madrid have broken the world transfer record by signing Tottenham forward, Gareth Bale, for a world record fee of £85m.

The Wales star has agreed a deal of £300,000 per week for six-year, thus sealing the £85.3m (100m Euros) move.
The amount eclipses the £80m Real paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.


“It's very important for Gareth to throw his heart and soul into this move.”

“He’s got it all and ability-wise, he is phenomenal.” The only question is whether or not he's got the mental strength to cope with such a big transfer and the spotlight that will be immense in Spain.

"But it's a fabulous opportunity for him and the important thing is, he really needs to grasp it with both hands."

"I have had six very happy years at Tottenham, but it's the right time to say goodbye," said 24 year-old Bale.
"We've had some special times together and I've loved every minute of it."

Bale was had a medical and was then presented to the Real Madrid fans at the Bernabeu at 12:00 BST Monday before speaking at a media conference.

He added: "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,” Bale also noted.

"Tottenham will always be in my heart and I'm sure 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," the football star added.

Bale joined Spurs as a left-back for £10m from Southampton in 2007. He scored 26 goals last season as he was named both the Professional Footballers' Association's and Football Writers' player of the year.

Bale's season-by-season Premier League stats:
• 2012-13: Played 33, goals 21, assists four
• 2011-12: Played 36, goals nine, assists 10
• 2010-11: Played 30, goals seven, assists one
• 2009-10: Played 23, goals three, assists five
• 2008-09: Played 16, goals 0, assists 0
• 2007-08: Played eight, goals two, assists 0
At the end of July 2013, his representatives told Spurs: “He wanted to speak to the Spanish giants.”

Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti's claim, at the start of August that they were "in talks to find a solution" to the transfer, angered Tottenham manager, Andre Villas-Boas, but the clubs have now reached a settlement.

After his side's 1-0 loss to Arsenal, Villas-Boas said: "Bale is a wonderful player. He is going to join Real Madrid so we wish him all the best.”

"He left us with some great memories from last season."
Bale, who becomes Real Madrid's fifth signing of the summer, paid tribute to both Southampton and Tottenham for developing his career.

He said: "I am well aware I would not have been 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.”

"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."

Spurs have been busy in this transfer window, signing seven players for a total outlay approaching £105m.


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