Gareth Bale to Real Madrid: A timeline of events so far

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The Tottenham Hotspur forward and Premier League poster boy has been subject to a hefty £85m fee…

Real Madrid have added another chapter to the return of their Galactico policy as, according to multiple reports, the La Liga royalty have placed an official £85 million fee for star winger Gareth Bale, of Tottenham Hotspur.

The 24-year-old has come a long way from a scrawny teenager who Southampton took a gamble on in 2005, especially as he was widely regarded to be a dud signing when he transferred to Tottenham Hotspur, failed to feature in a victory for over two years and was almost shipped out for £3 million.

He is, currently, the hottest asset in world football.

2005

Features for a Southampton youth side at Norwich City's training ground and impresses the Southampton scouts enough to be formally invited to the Saints' academy.

2006

April: Makes his professional debut for Southampton aged 16 years and 275 days.

August: Scores his first league goal… a free kick.

2007

May: Signs for Tottenham Hotspur for an initial £5 million with the potential to rise to £10m, however, due to financial dire straits suffered at Southampton, a final fee of £7m was agreed a year later.

2009

September: After a 24-losing run, Bale finally features in a Spurs victory, over two years after signing for the club.

October: During Harry Redknapp's tenure as Tottenham manager, Bale becomes linked with a move away from North London, to Birmingham City for a £3m fee. The press even dub him a 'flop'.

2010

April: Bale scores the winner against Arsenal at home.

October: Scores a European hat-trick against Internazionale in the Champions League.

2011

April: Wins PFA Player of the Year award.

Summer: Attracts attention from Barcelona and Chelsea but remains a loyal Lilywhite.

2012

January: Featured in the UEFA Team of the Year, 2011

June: Signs contract extension that keeps him at White Hart Lane until 2016.

Summer: Changes squad number from 3 to 11, to confirm his move further outfield.

2013

April: Wins PFA Player of the Year award, Young Player of the Year award and FWA Player of the Year award.

June: Finishes season with 26 goals.

30 July: Real Madrid bid a world record £85m for Gareth Bale.

Should Spurs cash in now or hold out for £100m? Will Bale want to force the move? Tell us in the comments below…

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