Tottenham’s Gareth Bale misses ‘special’ Champions League

Tottenham transfers: Gareth Bale admits he misses the Champions League amid continuing uncertainty over his future

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Gareth Bale scored 21 league goals for Tottenham last season Photo: Back Page Images

Gareth Bale admits that he misses playing in the Champions League amid continuing uncertainty over his Tottenham future.

The 23-year-old’s future has been a source of relentless speculation since the end of the season and Spurs’ failure to secure a top-four finish.

Real Madrid and Manchester United are among the clubs to have been linked with swoops for the Wales international this summer.

And the PFA player of the year concedes that he misses the thrill of competing in Europe’s elite club competition.

“It’s the little things which make it special,” Bale told Esquire magazine.

“The music is a massive thing. When we first got into the Champions League, it was one of the things most of the lads were looking forward to, hearing it in the stadium. It’s things like that which make it special.

“When you play in the Premier League against a lower-end team, they set up to defend all the time.

“They set up to block you off. But when you play in the Champions League, all the teams are used to winning every week so it’s more of an open attacking game, it’s end-to-end.”

Bale scored 21 Premier League goals last season for Tottenham but watched the north Londoners be pipped to a fourth-place finish by local rivals Arsenal.

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