Bale arrives in Madrid

Gareth Bale has arrived in the Spanish capital on Monday morning ahead of his presentation as a Real Madrid player.

The 24-year-old was yesterday evening confirmed by both Los Merengues and Tottenham as having had his transfer to the Spaniards agreed upon.

With contrasting reports putting the transfer fee between €91m and €100m, Bale has today flown into Madrid ahead of his official presentation by Los Blancos due at 12 noon UK time.

Yesterday saw the winger release a statement on Tottenham’s website reflecting on his time with the Londoners and his motivations behind becoming the first Welshman to ever play for Madrid.

“I have had six very happy years at Tottenham but it's the right time to say goodbye. We've had some special times together over the years and I've loved every minute of it,” wrote Bale in the posting.

“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.”

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