"Spurs host Real at their temporary home of Wembley at the start of November, and Bale said: "[White Hart Lane] is going to be a big miss for them, but with modern football I suppose other things are taken into consideration".
After being heavily linked with Manchester United last summer, Bale said he was not tempted to follow in the footsteps of Neymar, who left Barcelona - where he was considered to be in Lionel Messi's shadow - to become the main man at Paris Saint-Germain.
"On the one hand, it's easy to say that I should have rested more, but when you've been injured for three months and you see your teammates playing, you really want to get back out there and that's what I did", he told El Pais (via Marca).
Gareth Bale has spoken of the regret he shares with Luka Modric at not winning any trophies together for Tottenham. "I've had to change".
GETTYGareth Bale is reportedly only close to Luka Modric at Real Madrid
"I could have played much better when I returned and be able to do all those things with the ankle which I wasn't able to".
"I just want to go out on to the football pitch and enjoy my football". "Of course it's been difficult not being able to play, but I've had a good preseason and I'm training hard to be able to help the team win more titles".
Spurs were drawn in what is widely regarded as the Champions League "group of death" alongside holders and 12-time winners Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia. But, it's also true that there's constant pressure on the Real stars to perform week in, week out.
"I have a lot of great memories from my time there, some not so great as well, but it was a big part of my journey", he said.
Now, while speaking to the Daily Mail, the 28-year-old explained that his desire to win trophies was all the motivation needed to remain with the Spanish and European champions. "When you look at the team we had at the time, we feel that we should have won something".More news: Tarleton releases statement about DACA program ending