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Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale completes world-record move to Spanish giants Real Madrid for 100million Euro fee
Gareth Bale has completed his long-awaited transfer to Real Madrid for a world record fee believed to be 100million Euros - around £86million.
Tottenham Hotspur finally confirmed the departure of the Welsh international this afternoon – ending a summer of speculation over his future.
Club chairman Daniel Levy said Spurs reluctantly agreed to sell the left-footed forward following intense interest from the Spanish giants and a request from the player himself.
Speaking after Spurs’ 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at Emirates stadium today, Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas said Tottenham were ready to move on without last season’s PFA Player of the Year.
He said: “The player is an absolutely wonderful player and we wish him all the best. He’s left with great memories from last season which I think every Tottenham fan cherishes but he has moved on and we move on as well.”
Bale joined Spurs from Southampton in May 2007, scoring 55 goals in 203 appearances that saw him mature from a teenage left-back to one of the most sought-after midfielders in world football.
Asked if he felt relieved the long-running saga over Bale’s future was over, Villas-Boas said: “I don’t think so. It is part of change. In the end, change creates expectation and raises anxiety in people but this club believes in ourselves that this could be our season.
“We have to move forward, there are lots of clubs that have this kind of transfer activity and they have to move forward.
“At the moment, Tottenham has made some great reinvestments from all of the money that will come from Gareth Bale into the team, which is wonderful."
In a statement on Tottenham’s website, chairman Daniel Levy said: "Gareth was a player we had absolutely no intention of selling as we look to build for the future. 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.
"We wish Gareth all the best in the future and he shall always be welcome at the Lane."