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The highly coveted Welshman enjoyed his first campaign in Europe's top competition and is eager to return, adding that Spurs were a young team on a 'learning curve'

By James Daly at White Hart Lane

Gareth Bale has spoken of his determination to continue playing in the Champions League but says Tottenham must become more consistent if they are to have any chance of being a regular fixture in Europe's top flight.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who has attracted interest from a string of top clubs on the continent including Inter and Real Madrid following his dazzling performances in Europe this season, told reporters after Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to the Spaniards: "I've grown massively.

"It's the highest I'm going to play at the moment, what with Wales struggling to qualify for major competitions, so the Champions League is the best I'm going to play in for the time being.

"Everybody thrives off it and I want to play [in it] as much as I can now."

Spurs' 5-0 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid brought their first ever Champions League dreams to an abrupt halt, but Bale believes his side can challenge Europe's elite if they can become more consistent.

"[Our problem is] consistency mainly," he added. "We're new, it's been a learning curve but we'll continue to get better. We're still a young team and we've got plenty of games to improve.

"It went a bit pear shaped away from home against Real Madrid but in this game tonight we didn't do ourselves any harm.

"It's been a huge part of our season, it's been great for everybody involved at the club."

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