Bale is expected to complete his world-record move to Real Madrid once Spurs announce the signings of Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen.
Bale had hoped to part ways with the club on good terms, but he has angered manager Andre Villas-Boas by skipping training and is now expected to be fined £160,000. That news has not gone down well with Bale's camp, who are annoyed by Villas-Boas' public criticism of a man who scored 26 goals last year. With bad blood between the camps, the memories of Bale scoring last-minute wonder goals have faded, but Tottenham coach Ferdinand hopes the supporters will forgive him.
"No-one wanted to see it end this way, but sometimes when a saga goes on for this long unfortunately it doesn't end as smoothly or as nicely as everyone wants it to but I just hope that everyone remembers the good things that Gareth has done and they wish him all the best for the future," said Ferdinand.
Bale's imminent exit has facilitated some frenzied activity. Although Spurs have spent £60m so far, Villas-Boas has promised more new signings. Ajax midfielder Eriksen and Roma's Lamela are in London to finalise their moves while the Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches was putting the finishing touches to his transfer last night.