Bale passes medical at Read Madrid ahead of official unveiling
Gareth Bale has passed his medical at Real Madrid and will get his first taste of life as a galactico this afternoon when he is presented at the Bernabeu.
Bale flew to the Spanish capital this morning after Real ended over two months of speculation, gossip and negotiation last night by announcing they had agreed a deal - thought to be worth a world-record 100million euros (£85.3million) - with Spurs for the 24-year-old.
He will pen a six-year contract and be paraded in front of the Primera Division club's fans at his official unveiling from 1300 CET (1200 BST).
Attaching a picture of the former Southampton man giving the thumbs-up while undergoing his medical, Real posted on their website: "The new Real Madrid player passed the tests he underwent in the Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja.
"Gareth Bale went to the Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja, where he underwent medical examination prior to his move to Real Madrid.
"The player passed the tests successfully and then went to the Bernabeu to sign his contract.
"The footballer arrived at hospital around 0930 (CET). There he conducted various medical tests: blood and urine analysis, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, MRI, radiological and biomechanical study, clinical examination in the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory examination."
Bale took to Twitter this morning to stress his gratitude to his former clubs.
"Thanks to both @SouthamptonFC and @SpursOfficial for helping me to reach this point in my career... two very special clubs," he posted.
"To all the Spurs fans, your support the last 6 years has been incredible and I'll never forget it, thank you #COYS."
A capacity 85,000 crowd is expected to turn up to see the world's most expensive player presented this lunchtime.
Madrid president Florentino Perez likes to put on a show, so the 'Bale box' has been hastily erected after its temporary deconstruction and the Welshman will be unveiled to the fans before he takes to the pitch where such greats as Alfredo di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Luis Figo used to ply their trade.
Hundreds of lenses will be trained on Bale. Every move he makes will be scrutinised, every word he utters will be analysed. Although he had become a star in his own right at Tottenham, he will never have experienced anything like this before.
Bale certainly does not seem overawed by the prospect of becoming the most expensive player in history, however.
"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," Bale said.
"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."
Spurs and Madrid have clashed on several occasions throughout the summer.
Tottenham were annoyed at the stage being erected two weeks ago and the idea of Bale shirts being sold on the Real Madrid website.
But the biggest gripe Levy had with Real was with their public flattery towards Bale, which he thinks unsettled the player.
"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," the Tottenham chairman said.
"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."