Gareth Bale: Champions League wouldn’t have kept me at Spurs

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale says he wouldn't have stayed at Tottenham even if Spurs had qualified for Champions League

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Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Gareth Bale Photo: Twitter/Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Gareth Bale insists he would not have remained at Tottenham Hotspur even if Spurs had qualified for the Champions League.

The 24-year-old signed a five-year deal with Real Madrid after completing a world-record £85.3m move to Real Madrid from White Hart Lane on deadline day.

Bale was Tottenham’s standout player as Andre Villas-Boas’ side fell just short of fourth place last season, scoring 21 goals in 33 Premier League appearances.

The north London side’s failure to book their place in the Champions League fueled speculation the Wales international would quit Spurs for the Spanish capital.

But Bale is adamant he would have left Tottenham this summer regardless of whether Villas-Boas’ men finished in the top four.

“It’s once in a lifetime and I don’t think you can turn down a team like that. For me I want to be playing [in the] Champions League but also winning trophies,” Bale told BT Sport.

“At a club like that [Madrid] they’re out to win every trophy they’re involved in. That’s exactly what I want to do.

“When Real Madrid comes in it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I think if I didn’t take it I would probably regret it for the rest of my life.”

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