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Gareth Bale, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur,

posted 1 Sept 2013, 13:08 by Sportech Nz   [ updated 1 Sept 2013, 13:10 ]

has been signed by Real Madrid for a record fee of Euros 100 million = GBP 85 million = NZD 170 million.
The terms are believed to be a six-year contract.

The deal breaks that of Cristiano Ronaldo’s switch from Manchester United to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009 for £80m and makes it five times consecutively that Los Blancos have topped the record.

Along with Ronaldo, Madrid also paid what was a world record fee for Kaka (2009), Zinedine Zidane (2001) and Luis Figo (2000).

Bale said “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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