Andre Villas-Boas confirms Gareth Bale departure to Real Madrid

Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his late winning goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland on May 19, 2013
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas confirms that winger Gareth Bale is joining Real Madrid.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that winger Gareth Bale is leaving for Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old Welshman is expected to officially join the Spanish giants for a world-record fee before the close of the summer transfer window on Monday night.

"[Bale] is a wonderful player, he is going to join Real Madrid so we wish him all the best," Villas-Boas told reporters. "He has left us with great memories."

Villas-Boas was speaking after Tottenham's 1-0 defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas during the match against Dinamo Tbilisi on August 29, 2013
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