Bale joins Real Madrid in world-record transfer

Global News

LONDON – After the year’s most drawn-out transfer saga, it’s finally official: Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player.

Madrid announced Sunday that Bale has signed a six-year contract, and a person familiar with the deal said the fee was a world-record 100 million euros ($132 million). The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial details are not being disclosed.

“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,” Bale said in a statement published on the Tottenham website. “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.”

Bale will be paraded at Madrid’s stadium on Monday after undergoing a medical examination.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said earlier in the week…

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