Gareth Bale finally becomes a Real Madrid player for £86million
At long last, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid have agreed a deal which sees Gareth Bale depart White Hart Lane for the Bernabeu.
September 1st, 2013
A world-record €100m has been spent by the Spanish giants to secure the signature of the Welshman who has been angling for a move to Madrid all summer, with Andre Villas-Boas able to recoup most of the money he has spent on new signings this summer.
Bale has signed an incredible six-year contract with Real, worth £170,000 per week after tax, with the player set to be presented at the Bernabeu on Monday before meeting his new team-mates which include Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United were also keen to sign the player and were reportedly keen to pay even more to land Bale’s signature, although the winger was desperate to sign for Real and admitted the move was a “dream come true”.
“Gareth was a player we had absolutely no intention of selling as we look to build for the future,” chairman Daniel Levy said. “He is a player whose career we have fostered and developed and he was only a year into his new four-year contract.
“Such has been the attention from Real Madrid, and so great is Gareth’s desire to join them, that we have taken the view that the player will not be sufficiently committed to our campaign in the current season.
“We have, therefore, with great reluctance, agreed to this sale and do so in the knowledge that we have an exceptionally strong squad to which we have added no fewer than seven top internationals.
“More importantly, we have an immense team spirit and a dressing room that is hungry for success.”
Bale spoke to the Tottenham website and claimed it was “the right time to say goodbye” after “six happy years”, thanking the fans for supporting him over the past few seasons.