Bale: Champions League football is a must for a big club like Spurs

TOTTENHAM winger Gareth Bale admits Champions League football is a necessity rather than a luxury at White Hart Lane.

The performances of the Wales international decorated his side’s run to the quarter-finals of the competition in what was their debut season in Europe’s premier club competition.

But after a 5-0 aggregate defeat at the hands of Real Madrid Spurs now face a fight with Chelsea and Manchester City to ensure Champions League football returns to N17 next season with fourth place in the Premier League up for grabs. Bale said: “This is a massive club. We’ve shown this year we can compete in major competitions, and now we have to qualify for the Champions League again. It is not going to be easy but we’re fully focused on it.

“I’ve grown a lot from this competition. Because Wales are struggling to qualify for major competitions, the Champions League is the highest level I am going to play at for the time being.

“It is massively important that we get back into the Champions League. Everyone thrives on it and I want to play as much as I can now.”