Gareth Bale & Daily Mail
The Champions League roars back to life on Tuesday night.
Will Real Madrid win the trophy for a third season running?
Los Blancos became the first club to retain the trophy last season, while Real have won the Champions League three times in the last four years.
This season Madrid have been drawn in the same group as APOEL, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund.
So how will the campaign go? Welsh star Gareth Bale has sat down with the Daily Mail to discuss the upcoming season, while he’s also spoken about Man United and Tottenham.
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From Real Madrid to Man United?
For years now, Gareth Bale has been tipped to make a move to Man United.
Obviously that’s never happened, but the pressure seems to be building on Bale to prove he’s worthy of a starting spot in Madrid.
The rise of Marco Asensio is a direct challenge to Bale. But, it’s also true that there’s constant pressure on the Real stars to perform week in, week out.
During his Daily Mail interview, Bale was asked whether he should have moved to Man United in the summer. On whether he should try to become the “king of Old Trafford”, Bale said:
Well there’s an argument for that, but I think the main thing, when you look back on your career, is that you look at your trophies. In the end that’s probably the most important thing.
Returning to Tottenham
How does Bale feel about coming up against Tottenham in the Champions League this season?
Bale was only too happy to talk about his relationship to Spurs, who clearly remain an important part of his life:
I have a lot of great memories from my time there; some not so great as well but it was a big part of my journey. I love the club and still keep in touch with a lot of people there and the fans were incredible. I really enjoyed playing in those big European nights at White Hart Lane.
All my friends are still Tottenham fans. That is their team in the Premier League and I will certainly have a lot of ticket requests.