Bale relishing England return

Gareth Bale is looking forward to playing in England for the first time since joining Real Madrid when Manchester City host Los Blancos.

The sides meet on Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final and Bale, who was speaking exclusively to BT Sport, admitted he was ready for a challenging evening.

“It's going be a difficult game. We are looking forward to it, we obviously want to win and we fancy ourselves up against anyone and I'm sure it'll be an exciting game and hopefully we can come out on top,” he said.

“It's always exciting to go back to England. I don't think I've played a match there since I left so it'd be nice to go back and like I said I've scored goals at Man City’s ground before so hopefully I can do it again as well.”

Bale has watched on from afar as former team Tottenham Hotspur lodge a Premier League title challenge and acknowledged the effort of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

“They have been amazing this season. I always watch the Premier League every Saturday and Sunday. I have been keeping an eye on Tottenham very closely, they have been doing amazing and it's going be a close run in for the title. It's very exciting,” he added, with the prospect of meeting Spurs in Europe next year. 

“That would be amazing. Obviously when I left I always wished they would do well and continue on progressing which they have done, and it would be exciting to play them in the Champions League and return to White Hart Lane,” he noted.

“I hope they still love me there. So yeah it would be amazing to go there for a game but hopefully we would win there, but it's great for them to see what they're doing and hopefully they can see the run in and get the title.”

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