Gareth Bale says that the UEFA Champions League football was not a deciding factor in his departure to Real Madrid, according to The Telegraph.
Bale has revealed that even if Tottenham had of qualified for the Champions League, he would not have rejected a move to Real Madrid, citing it as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity.
Bale told BT Sport: "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."
Bale completed a £86million switch to Real, making him the most expensive player in football history. He regards the club as a "massive, massive" side, and that any footballer would be privileged to wear the whites of the Madrid club.
Bale was named the Player of the Season in the previous years' Premier League, scoring 26 goals in the process. He enjoyed a good six years at Tottenham and hopes that the Spurs fans don't hold a grudge against him.
"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."
Bale is currently recuperating from a foot injury and could not play any part in Wales' 2-1 defeat against Macedonia in the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
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