Gareth Bale: ‘I’d have quit Spurs even if they were in the Champions League’
The most expensive footballer of all-time, Gareth Bale, says he would have left Tottenham for Real Madrid even if his former club had qualified for the Champions League last season.
Spurs were pipped to fourth place and Champions League football by north London rivals Arsenal last term. But Bale says he would have still left for Spain even if Andre Villas Boas’ side had made beat the Gunners to the final qualification spot.
Asked if he would have still joined Real if Spurs were a Champions League club, he said: “Yeah, I said, it’s once in a lifetime – I don’t think you can turn down a team like that.
“For me I want to be playing Champions League but also winning trophies and at a club like that they are out to win every trophy they are involved with and that’s exactly what I want to do.”
He continued: “I’m very excited. I think that if you are training and playing with the best players then it can only rub off well.
“Cristiano Ronaldo for me is the best player in the world – he has got everything as a footballer and I’m going to be training with him and watching what he does and in games I’ll be playing with him and learning off the best player.
“For me, I can only see one way and that is for me to improve. We have got a great manager, great coaches – Zidane – there is just the best of everything at Real Madrid and that is exactly what I thought when they were interested and to have the best, you are obviously going to learn and become a better player.”
Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas has now admitted Bale put Spurs under “intense” pressure to sell him this summer.