Bale seals world-record deal

Gareth Bale has thanked Tottenham after his record-breaking £85.3 million move to Real Madrid was confirmed.

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Gareth Bale's salary by day, hour and minute

What could you do with more than £36,000 every day? Credit: ITV News London

Millions of pounds have been changing hands all day for the world's top footballers, but what does it mean in a language we normal human beings can understand? We've broken down Gareth Bale's salary into smaller parts, and it's still mind-boggling.

Every hour, Gareth Bale earns the same as many of us in a month Credit: ITV News London

Gareth Bale earns more than £1,500 every hour. And, it's even more scary when you break it down to the minute

Wait a minute, there's another £25 in Bale's back pocket Credit: ITV News London

£25 every minute. Did you have a tea break today? While you were waiting for the kettle to boil, Gareth Bale was earning £75, in just three minutes. They're not like the rest of us, those world-class footballers, are they?

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Bale: 'I've been following Real Madrid since I was 10'

Real Madrid's Twitter account has been tweeting from the Gareth Bale press conference, where the Welshman said:

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Gareth Bale: What the papers are saying

The Welshman's potential move to Real Madrid is dominating many of the back pages this morning Credit: ITV News

The Daily Express reports Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said Spurs will be better without Bale, as long as chairman Daniel Levy continues to bring in the big name stars.

The Daily Post states Chris Coleman has admitted the ongoing saga could have an adverse affect upon Wales.

The Guardian reports that Villas-Boas has accused Bale of being unprofessional.

The Western Mail says that Spurs manager Villas-Boas fears the on-going Bale transfer saga will have an adverse affect upon Wales.

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Spurs chairman: Sale agreed 'with great reluctance'

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's statement on Bale's transfer was published on the club's official website.

Gareth was a player we had absolutely no intention of selling as we look to build for the future.

He is a player whose career we have fostered and developed and he was only a year into his new four year contract.

Such has been the attention from Real Madrid and so great is Gareth's desire to join them, that we have taken the view that the player will not be sufficiently committed to our campaign in the current season.

We have, therefore, with great reluctance, agreed to this sale and do so in the knowledge that we have an exceptionally strong squad to which we have added no fewer than seven top internationals.

More importantly, we have an immense team spirit and a dressing room that is hungry for success.

We wish Gareth all the best in the future and he shall always be welcome at the Lane.

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Twitter reaction to Gareth Bale transfer

Former Tottenham teammate Benoit Assou-Ekotto and former Spurs, Barcelona and England striker Gary Lineker are among those who have taken to Twitter to wish Gareth Bale well on his move to Real Madrid.

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