FInally, Gareth Bale completed his move to Real Madrid yesterday, bringing an end to the longest-running transfer saga of the summer.
Bale was unveiled to tens of thousands of Real Madrid fans after finally completing his move from Tottenham with a record price tag of £85 million.
Bale delighted Real Madrid fans by trying his hand at Spanish - the Welsh winger addressed the Bernabeu faithful: "It is a dream to be here in Madrid. Thank you for this welcome."
In English, he added: "I just want to say that it is amazing to be here. I hope I can help bring success to the club and that we can win the club's 10th European Cup this season."
Club president Florentino Perez, who has signed some of the biggest names in football, welcomed the ex-Tottenham player to the club and introduced him to around 25,000 expectant fans.
"Many of the best players in the best world have graced this pitch and you are now following in their footsteps."
Perez then went on address Bale, saying: "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."
Bale then put on his new white number 11 jersey and completed his the keepy-uppy routine that has become synonymous with the arrival of a high-profile signing at Madrid, in front of the Bernabeu crowd.
The midfielder thanked everyone at Tottenham for his six years at White Hart Lane.
Bale told the club's official website: "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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