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Real Madrid Shop Stocks Up With Bale Shirts

posted 2 Sep 2013, 06:47 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 2 Sep 2013, 06:48 ]

Real Madrid's shop begins sales of Gareth Bale's number 11 jersey after the former Tottenham Hotspur player was officially presented at the Spanish club.

 MADRIDSPAIN (SEPTEMBER 2, 2013)(REUTERS) -  The official Real Madrid shop at the Bernabeu stadium has been stocked with lots of new-signing Gareth Bale's number 11 shirt, which is expected to attract as many buyers as his official presentation did spectators on Monday (September 2).

Thousands of Real Madrid fans flocked to the Bernabeu to welcome Bale after the nine-times European champions sealed the purchase of the Wales winger from Tottenham Hotspur for what the London club said was a world record fee.

The summer's longest transfer saga finally ended on Sunday when Spurs announced they had sold Bale to Real for 100 million euros ($131.86 million) and the La Liga club said he had agreed a six-year contract.

The 24-year-old, the latest 'galactico' signing engineered by the world's richest club under presidentFlorentino Perez, passed a medical at a clinic in Madrid on Monday morning before signing his contract and being presented to excited fans inside the giant arena.

A construction magnate in his second stint at the helm of the club, Perez is hoping the addition of Bale will help Real secure the 10th European crown that has eluded them since their last continental triumph in 2002.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti can deploy his new player in a formidable attacking trio with Portugal forwardCristiano Ronaldo and France striker Karim Benzema as Real also attempt to wrest the Spanish title back from arch rivals Barcelona.

Bale could make his debut after the international break in Real's La Liga match at Villarreal on September 14.

The price Real paid for him has drawn some criticism in Spain at a time when the nation is in the grip of a punishing recession and unemployment is hovering just below 30 per cent.

Ordinary Spaniards are also being forced to swallow cuts in wages and benefits and the government is slashing spending on public services like health and education.

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