Villas-Boas: Tottenham 'will move forward' after Bale's Real Madrid move

The Portuguese boss thanked the Welshman for the memories he left behind at White Hart Lane as a long-awaited move to the Santiago Bernabeu was confirmed on Sunday evening
By Greg Stobart at the Emirates Stadium

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says the north London club will "move forward" and improve in the absence of Gareth Bale, who has completed a move to Real Madrid.

The Welsh attacker has been at the centre of a drawn-out transfer saga lasting the whole summer, but has finally secured a move to the Spanish capital for a world-record £86 million.

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That fee has allowed Spurs to reinvest and the club's Portuguese boss is keen to progress after losing the two-time PFA Player of the Year, though wished him well as he joins last term's Liga runners-up.

“He’s a wonderful player who is going to join Real Madrid so we wish him all the best,” said Villas-Boas following Spurs’ 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the north London derby.

“He leaves with us great memories from last season and the fans appreciate that.

“It’s part of change. He has moved on and so have we. We have great belief in ourselves that this can be our season. We just have to move forward.

“Tottenham have made some great signings, we have made great reinvestments from the money from Gareth Bale. We move forward in our work.”

Spurs have spent the best part of £100m this summer to sign seven new players in Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, Vlad Chiriches and Christian Eriksen.

They were dealt a blow, however, as Capoue suffered a suspected broken leg during the north London derby that could rule out the French midfielder for several months.

“He is having an X-ray now, it doesn’t look good,” Villas-Boas added. “It’s his fibula - I don’t have a complete report, we’ll give you a further update later through our communications department.”