Bale 'couldn't snub' Real move
Gareth Bale has insisted he would not have turned down a move to Real Madrid even if Tottenham had qualified for the Champions League.
The Wales international described his world-record £85.3million transfer as a "once in a lifetime" move, and admitted the lure of playing for the Spanish giants was too strong to ignore.
Asked if he would have stayed in the Premier League if Spurs had finished in the top four last season, Bale: "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 added that he hoped the Tottenham fans would continue to hold him in high regard.
"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. I hope they understand Real Madrid is an absolute massive, massive club and they will understand and respect my decision."