3
Sep

Southampton missed out on 25% of Gareth Bale’s record transfer fee!

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Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20.

Southampton fans, you might want to look away.

When the Saints sold a relatively unknown teenager named Gareth Bale to Tottenham in 2007, there was a sell-on clause in his transfer that guaranteed Southampton a 25% stake in any future transfer fee for the Welsh player. After Real Madrid dished out a reported world record fee of $132 million, that would seem like fantastic news to Saints fans.

Wrong.

Unfortunately, just a year after selling Bale to Spurs, Southampton found themselves short on cash and chose to waive the clause in place for a lump sum of roughly $4 million plus a young goalkeeping prospect named Tommy Forecast (he’s never been heard from again). Not quite the estimated $33 million they would have netted this weekend.

Of course, nobody could’ve foreseen Bale to garner a world record transfer fee just five years after leaving St Mary’s, but just knowing this minor detail will be sure to cause Southampton fans some grief today!

(Sorry.)

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(H/T The Mirror)

1
Sep

It’s official! Bale joins Real Madrid, thanks Spurs

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After an endless, dragged-out transfer saga between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid, the confirmation we’ve all been waiting for finally came on Sunday. At 2:01pm ET time, Real Madrid’s official Twitter account finally announced the completed deal for Gareth Bale.

Bale has signed a six-year deal with the Spanish giants according to the club’s website. He will be presented at the Bernabéu stadium on Monday.

Bale also released a personal statement on Tottenham Hotspur’s website, in which he speaks fondly of his time in London:

I have had six very happy years at Tottenham but it’s the right time to say goodbye. We’ve had some special times together over the years and I’ve loved every minute of it.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.

So there you have it. If you’re not a disappointed Spurs fan, you can now congratulate the new Real Madrid signing by using the #WelcomeBale hashtag. Or spill your hatred, either or.