Gareth Bale says he would not have turned down a move to Real Madrid even if Spurs had qualified for the Champions League.
Bale has called his chance to join Madrid a once in a lifetime opportunity and hopes that Tottenham fans will always remember him fondly.
The Welshman moved to the Spanish giants in an £85.3million deal, which has helped us to bring in seven quality players to bolster our ranks. The likes of Soldado, Paulinho, Eriksen and Capoue have given us strength and quality which we were badly lacking last season – granted, Bale was a match-winner but now we have more balance in positions.
In an interview with BT Sport, Bale was asked the question if he would have remained at White Hart Lane if we had made it into the Champions League: “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.
“At a club like that 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.”
“The fans have been absolutely unbelievable with me,” he said. “They’ve supported me through the bad times and believed in me.
“The nights they were cheering my name, I will never forget the great European nights at White Hart Lane.”
“They were amazing and Tottenham will always have a place in my heart,” he continued.
“I hope they understand Real Madrid is an absolute massive, massive club and they will understand and respect my decision.”
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