- Real Madrid target Gareth Bale insists Spanish football is tops - and admits he'd like to play in La Liga09:10 | 03/07/2013
The Tottenham winger has spoken on his interest in La Liga, the Champions League and impressing his harshest critic – dad Frank.
Gareth Bale insists he does want to play abroad one day – with Spain among those the Welsh winger is keen on trying.
In an interview with Esquire magazine, the Tottenham star, who has been linked with Real Madrid, heaped praise on Spanish football and suggested he would be willing to move to La Liga in the future.
And he also spoke of the attacking threat teams pose in the Champions League compared to a more defensive mindset instilled in Premier League teams.
But as the 23-year-old’s future remains uncertain despite reassurances from manager Andre Villas-Boas that he won’t be leaving this summer, he doesn’t deny that La Liga remains a temptation one day.
“I’d say that Spanish football is probably the best I’ve seen. Obviously, I’d like to try other leagues in the future,” he explains.
“It’s something that the future holds and it’s something that I’m very interested to try in the least.”
The manner in which Spain lost to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday night surprised a few. However, Bale insists the world and European champions will continue to dominate European football.
“They are all good enough players to sort out one bad performance,” he says.
“Every team is allowed a bad spell and I’m sure they will come out of it.”
Tottenham missed out on a Champions League place for the second season in a row, finishing one point behind North London rivals Arsenal in fifth place.
Bale did as much as he could in that pursuit of a top-four finish, scoring 21 goals in the Premier League last season. But the Champions League will be a miss if he does remain at Spurs.
“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,” Bale adds.
“No one’s used to defending, everyone’s used to attacking and trying to win games, so it’s just all against all.”
“When we first got into the Champions League, it’s one of the things that most of the lads were looking forward to, hearing it in the stadium.
“It’s little things like that which make it special.”
However well the Spurs winger does on the pitch, he insists there is only one person he feels the need to impress – his father Frank.
“I don’t feel any pressure. 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 explained.
“He always told me off if I did something wrong. 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.”
According to Mirror
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