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Bale saga finally over as he clinches move away fro Tottenham and the Premier League to join Real Madrid

Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid has finally been completed.

The deal is a record fee of just over £85m, with Bale signing a six year contract.

It was thought that Tottenham were waiting until after the North London derby this afternoon to finalise the deal, and indeed manager Andre Villas Boas confirmed in his post match conference that Bale was going to join Madrid.

Incidentally, Spurs lost the derby 1-0 courtesy of an Olivier Giroud goal in the first half. Five of the players Spurs have signed to replace Bale took some part in the match, with record transfer Eric Lamela coming off the bench.

The conclusion of Bale's transfer means Spurs go some way to recouping the £100m+ they have spent on seven new players this summer, combined with several other sales such as Clint Dempsey and Tom Huddlestone should see the club come out in a slight profit.

The saga has rumbled on all summer with all manner of speculation and controversy. Madrid jumped the gun on several occasions, briefly advertising Bale shirts on their website, as well as erecting a stage in their ground last week to present Bale to their fans.

Despite the move, there are still several issues that remain open to speculation. For Spurs, whether they can cope without Bale, who was instrumental last season, and how far their new signings will go to fill the gap left by Bale.

There is no doubt that as a squad Spurs are much stronger, but the question of whether the likes of Lamela and Negredo can individually perform to make up for Bale's absence.

From Madrid's perspective, they have issues of their own which need to be addressed. There has been speculation that Madrid were waiting for Bale to be confirmed before moving on several of their other stars, with the likes of Ozil, Benzema and Di Maria all being linked with a move to the Premier League.  But with just over 24 hours left of the window, whether any outgoings can be completed remains to be seen.

And then there's the world's former most expensive player Christiano Ronaldo. It has been well documented that Ronaldo would not be happy if Madrid made a higher bid for Bale than they did for him, but they have done just that. Whether Ronaldo can accept not being the main man at Madrid anymore however is up for debate.

In any case, one thing is finally for certain- Gareth Bale IS a Real Madrid player.

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