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Gareth Bale has released a statement on Spurs’ official website.
The statement has been released following the news that Tottenham have agreed a deal with Real Madrid for the transfer of Bale.
In the statement, Bale thanked everybody at the club for their support over the years. The Welshman also thanked Southampton for their part in his development as a player.
The 24-year-old also expressed his excitement about joining Real Madrid.
Here is the statement in full:
“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.”