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The Welshman says football in Europe is something he would like to experience in the future but insists he has never had any intention of leaving White Hart Lane

Gareth Bale says playing abroad has always appealed to him but insists he did not consider leaving Tottenham this summer.

The Spurs winger signed a new four-year-deal at White Hart Lane at the end of June to reiterate his commitment to the north London club, after chairman Daniel Levy convinced the Welshman that the new-look Spurs under Andre Villas-Boas can match his ambition.
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"No," Bale told The Guardian when asked if he ever considered leaving Spurs.

"The manager situation wasn't really my worry either. It was more a case of whether the club wanted to go forward and be ambitious.

"I spoke to the chairman – he talked to me privately – and he told me about his plans and what he wanted to bring to Tottenham. It was exciting. We're going in the right direction.

"We've made some great signings. We've got a new training ground, we're planning a new stadium. It's all looking bright."

Bale has been continually linked with a move abroad with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid among the clubs rumoured to be interested. The 23-year-old says a move away from the Premier League could be an option further down the line, though.

"I'd never be scared of it. It's something I'd like to experience. It's in the future but if something did come up I would obviously look at it with interest," he added.

Tottenham have lifted the early season doom and gloom among their supporters with a couple of wins, but Bale says the impatience shown in football is crazy.

"It's crazy, to be honest," he continued. "There seems to be this thing in football where everything has to be now! But look at the amount of changes we have had. Everything. The new manager coming in, a new training ground, a new formation, new players, getting used to different types of training. It does take time to adapt."

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