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Bale open to European switch

Tottenham star Gareth Bale has revealed he would be open to a move to one of Europe's top clubs one day, saying he would have to "seriously consider" any offer that might arrive in the future.

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Bale, 21, has been linked with many of the leading clubs in European football after breaking into the first-team at Spurs in January 2010.

His performances against Inter in the Champions League this season saw speculation intensify but two weeks ago he put pen to paper on a new deal with Spurs which runs through until the summer of 2015.

"You never know, but I'm not afraid to leave the country," he told Madrid-based sports newspaper AS. "If a great opportunity arises you need to seriously consider it.

"I left home at 15. If I leave the Premier League, I'll learn another language, I'll know other people, another country, I will grow as a person.

"There aren't more British players abroad because the league is very strong, but now yours [La Liga] has got Cristiano, Messi ..."

Asked about stories suggesting Barcelona and Real Madrid have shown interest, he said: "I try not to think about that. My team-mates joke a lot about my future, but I don't give it any thought.

"I'm playing the best football of my career at Tottenham. You know what? It seems like they are talking about another player when they say what I could cost and the clubs who are interested in me."

Bale is expected to recover from injury in time to feature at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night when Spurs take on Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

"We're all really looking forward to the game," he said. "We sincerely believe that over the two games we can get through.

"They are a fantastic team. I've seen them almost every week for years - I love the Spanish league - but we know how to beat them.

"Madrid play on the counter and the three players up front have a lot of quality. Mourinho has them well-organised, Xabi Alonso always knows what the game needs. A draw at the Bernabeu would be very good."


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