Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has spoken of the possibility of celebrating should he score against former side Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League this season.
Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from English outfit Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record fee of around £86million and prior to his move to the Santiago Bernabeu, the Welsh wizard was a crowd favourite at White Hart Lane.
Bale enjoyed a couple of very successful seasons for the North London side and he earned the PFA Player of the Year award in his final year with the club, scoring a sensational 21 goals in the Premier League. Despite such exploits, Tottenham failed to make it into the Champions League though due to a single point and Bale then moved on to Real Madrid.
Since the transfer to Madrid, Bale’s time at the Spanish capital has been a mixed bag as he has won a sensational three Champions League trophies but the attacker has failed to feature regularly for the first team due to persistent injury problems.
Nonetheless, Bale is hoping to play a starring role for Madrid this season and he most probably will feature in his first competitive match against Tottenham since his switch to Spain as the two teams have been placed in the same Champions League group this season.
The match against Tottenham will be a great opportunity for Bale to get a taste of how Spurs have evolved since his departure and the 28-year-old has revealed in a recent interview that he might not be able to restrain himself should he score against his former club despite his past allegiance.
Speaking with Daily Mail, Bale stated, “I scored against Spurs in a pre-season game a couple of years ago and I didn’t really celebrate then. I suppose it depends on how you feel on the day. If it’s a 91st-minute winner, can you control yourself? That’s the question.
“I remember playing against Real Madrid when I was still at Tottenham and ‘Crouchy’ [Peter Crouch] being sent off after only 15 minutes and that killed the game for us.
“All my friends are still Tottenham fans. That is their team in the Premier League and I will certainly have a lot of ticket requests.”
Bale has been in and out of the first team this season but with Benzema injured and possibly out for around a month, the Welsh international will look to make the forward position at Madrid his own in the upcoming fixtures.
Real Madrid will be opening their Champions League campaign against APOEL on Wednesday night and the European champions will be looking to get their title defence off to a positive start with a victory during the encounter.