Gareth Bale to Real Madrid: Tottenham and Los Blancos Agree to Historic Transfer

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2013

After much speculation throughout the summer, Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale has finally transferred to Real Madrid.

Tottenham and Real Madrid nearly simultaneously confirmed the historic transfer:

The Club can announce that it has reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Gareth Bale #THFC

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 1, 2013

OFFICIAL: Gareth Bale signs for Real Madrid for the next 6 seasons. #halamadrid

— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) September 1, 2013

Bale released a statement following the announcement:

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.

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 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.

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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