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Bale eager to 'experience other leagues'

Gareth Bale has confirmed he is eager to take his talents to foreign shores with the winger opening the door to an exit from White Hart Lane.

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Bale, 23, has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in the last few months and the Wales international has admitted the prospect of moving overseas excites him.

"It would be nice to experience other leagues and other cultures. I have always said I am not afraid to go abroad," Bale told the Daily Mirror. "If the time comes and a team that is right comes in for me, then I will look at it seriously. I will see what happens."

While his ambition cannot be questioned, Bale insists he will never allow fame and personal fortune to go to his head, even if he eventually finds himself playing for one of the world's biggest clubs.

"I never really think about being famous," he said. "As long as you don't get too carried away, you are usually okay. You just go along with what is going along. You never really take too much notice. As soon as you realise how big you are, that is when you lose yourself.

"I just try to keep going. You just have to take the attention in your stride. The main thing is to concentrate on my football. My agent [Jonathan Barnett] has been great, we have been very close. And my family help me keep my feet on the ground. I have got a great group around me which helps me a great deal."

Tottenham's 'special relationship' with Real Madrid has heightened the suspicion that Bale is likely to end up in the Spanish capital sooner rather than later.

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