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Gareth Bale Announces He Is Leaving Real Madrid In Emotional Open Letter

Gareth Bale Announces He Is Leaving Real Madrid In Emotional Open Letter

The Welsh winger spent nine years with Los Blancos.

Gareth Bale has announced he is leaving Real Madrid after nine years at the club.

The 32-year-old winger, who joined Los Blancos from Spurs in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85.3 million, lifted five Champions League's and three La Liga titles during a trophy-laden stay at the Bernabeu.

He has struggled for first-team minutes in recent years, though, and after a loan spell at former club Tottenham, the Welshman has decided to leave Madrid after making just seven appearances in all competitions this season.

Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy

Bale penned an emotional farewell message on social media to confirm his departure.

"I write this message to say thank you to all my team mates, past and present, my managers, the back room staff and to the fans that supported me," he wrote.

"I arrived here 9 years ago as a young man who wanted to realise my dream of playing for Real Madrid. To wear the pristine white kit, to wear the crest on my chest, to play at the Santiago Bernabéu, to win titles and to be part of what it's so famous for, to win the Champions League.

"I can now look back, reflect and say with honesty that this dream became a reality and much, much more.

"To be a part of this club’s history and to achieve what we achieved while I was a Real Madrid player, has been an incredible experience and one I will never forget.

"I also want to thank President Florentino Perez, Jose Angel Sanchez, and the board for giving me the opportunity to play for this club. Together we were able to create some moments that will live forever in the history of this club and football.

"It has been an honour.

"Thank you! HALA MADRID!"

Bale made over 250 appearances for Real Madrid during his stay, lifting 19 trophies throughout his stay.

And last week, following the club's 1-0 win against Liverpool in the Champions League final, many people believe he got the send off he truly deserved from Los Blancos fans during their parade.

As you can see in the footage below, Bale was given a wonderful reception when he was introduced to the Bernabeu crowd. He was then clapped during his lap of honour.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Gareth Bale - Twitter

Topics: Gareth Bale, Real Madrid, Transfers