Gareth Bale: I want to play Champions League football

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Tottenham star Gareth Bale has once again spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League, whilst criticising English clubs who "set up to defend all the time".

The Wales interested is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid this summer, after fifth-placed Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League, and has made no secret of his longing to take part in European football's premier competition.

In his latest interview with Esquire, Bale hints that he is ready to turn his back on the Premier League in favour of either the French Ligue 1 or Spain's La Liga - so that he can guarantee attacking football and the chance to be involved in this year's Champions League.

Bale told Esquire: "When you play in the Premier League, say you're playing 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 other teams are used to winning every week, so it's more of an open game, it's more attacking, end-to-end."

The 23-year-old, who is yet to agree a contract extension on his one remaining year at White Hart Lane, put the tactics down to the different mentality of the continental game.

"No one's used to defending," explained last season's top goalscorer for Tottenham. "Everyone's used to attacking and trying to win games, so it's just all against all."

Despite netting 26 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for Spurs last campaign, combined with winning a treble of individual awards, Bale professed that the only kind of pressure he feels to perform, even to this day, comes exclusively from his father.

"I don't feel any pressure," he added. "If I'm the one scoring all the goals and winning us the games, then I just carry on as normal. I don't feel any different.

"He always told me off if I did something wrong," Bale said of his father, Frank, still his harshest critic. "Even now he still does it. But he makes me get better and I kind of want to keep proving him wrong to keep him quiet. He's always got something to say."


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