Gareth Bale completes Real Madrid switch
GARETH Bale has described his transfer to Real Madrid as a “dream”.
He was presented to Real Madrid supporters following his world record £85.3m (100m euros) transfer from Tottenham on transfer deadline day.
The Wales forward was cheered by 20,000 fans at the Bernabeu Stadium.
Speaking in Spanish, the 24-year-old told fans: “It is a dream to be here in Madrid. Thank you for this welcome.”
Bale, who scored 21 league goals for Tottenham last season, agreed a £300,000 per week, six-year deal with Real on Sunday evening and passed a medical on Monday morning.
The transfer beats the £80m Real paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, and followed a summer-long saga of rumour and specualtion.
Club president Florentino Perez said: “Bale is an exceptional player. The negotiations have been intense, complicated and prolonged, but finally we have achieved our aim and we are delighted to welcome him as part of our team.”
Addressing Bale directly, he added: “We are the most demanding club in the world but we will always be by your side.
“Many of the best players in the world have graced this pitch and you are now following in their footsteps.
“This is your stadium, this is your shirt, these are your supporters. From today on, this is your home and that of your entire family. Welcome to your team, welcome to Real Madrid.”