Gareth Bale signs Real Madrid deal to 2022

Gareth Bale extends his contract at Real Madrid to 2022 Photo: Real Madrid

Gareth Bale extends his contract at Real Madrid to 2022
Photo: Real Madrid

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale has extended his contract with the club until 2022.

The 27-year-old joined the Spanish club from Tottenham Hotspur on a six-year deal in 2013 for a then world record fee of £85m.

His team-mates Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have also extended their deals this month.

The Spanish club confirmed the Welshman would speak to the media on Monday afternoon.

On 1 September 2013, Bale joined Real Madrid, signing a six-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

According to Wikipedia, the Spanish press (and Real Madrid TV) reported that Bale had cost £77 million (€91 million), while the British press reported a world record transfer fee of £85.3 million (€100 million), which would be above Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer record fee of £80 million (€94 million).

However, in January 2016, documents pertaining to the transfer were leaked which confirmed a world record transfer fee of €100.8 million (£85.1 million).

Bale’s record was surpassed in August 2016 by Paul Pogba’s record fee of €105 million (£89.2 million).

Bale was assigned the number 11 shirt at Madrid.

The first half of Bale’s season was plagued by injuries; of Real’s first sixteen games after his signing, Bale missed five and was substituted on or off in six others, playing only five full games.

Bale scored on his Real Madrid debut, a goal coming in the 38th minute against Villarreal, before being substituted later in the game for Ángel Di María.

Since then, Bale has gone on to score 50 goals in 90 appearances for Real Madrid.

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