Gareth Bale was presented to the supporters of Real Madrid after his transfer with the world record of £85.3m from Tottenham.Wales did forward receive one rapturous reception following stepping out over stage in one dark suit and with more than twenty thousand fans in front at Bernabeu Stadium.
Aged 24, speaking with Spanish tongue, he told his fans:
“It is a dream to be here in Madrid. Thank you for this welcome.”
Then Bale was paraded on pitch wearing shirt with number 11.Bale, the one to score twenty-one league goals last season for Tottenham, agreed £300,000 for each week week, 6-year deal on Sunday with Real and passed one medical this Monday morning.
The confirmation of transfer, that eclipsed payment of £80m by Real to Manchester United in 2009 for Cristiano Ronaldo, followed one saga that was summer-long including extensive negotiations as between Spurs, the player, and Real.
The Real fans did queue up outside Bernabeu this Monday before they flooded into stadium for greeting the new idol.
The fans were wearing replica shirts that were emblazoned with player’s name and waved scarves along with chanting Bale’s name as during the ten-minute speech for welcome from the president of club, Florentino Perez.
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.”
Then he addressed Bale directly, saying Real was a very demanding club though they wll be on his side always. He said to Bale, “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.”
Following one short English and Spanish language address, Bale got joined on the stage with his family, which included Alba Violet, baby daughter, for the photographs, just before he headed off for changing into the new kit he got.
Acknowledging the applause from terraces, Bale reappeared for showing off the skills he had on pitch, and did kick numerous footballs in the stands.
He was given tour of trophy room of the club. He is latest in one long line that’s of the “galacticos” who have played well for Real, which included the former captain of France Zinedine Zidane, the striker Ronaldo as well as David Beckham.
Bale would line up with Cristiano Ronaldo while Real did set out for reclaiming the title of Spanish league from the archrivals Barcelona as well as for capturing their tenth European Cup.
“Cristiano is the best player in the world and he was a factor for me in deciding to come here.”
Bale said that he was keeping fit along with hoping to take part in the qualifiers of Wales’s World Cup against Macedonia this Friday and following Tuesday, against Serbia.
When asked about size of the transfer fee, he said,
“The transfer has got nothing to do with me, that’s between Real Madrid and Tottenham. I wanted to come here, even if it was for a penny.”