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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has fond memories of great European nights in London but wishes he had won something as a Tottenham Hotspur player.

Nevertheless, he is looking forward to returning to the capital to play his former club in the Champions League group stages.

The Wales international left Spurs for Madrid in 2013 for a fee of £85.1 million and the two sides were drawn in the same group last month.

Tottenham travel to Spain on October 17 before hosting the reigning champions on November 1 at Wembley.

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The last two times the sides met, Bale was still a Spurs player, and he was on the wrong end of 1-0 and 4-0 defeats in the 2011-12 competition.

The Welshman, who made 203 appearances for Tottenham before moving on, says he still has close links with his former club and is looking forward to another European night in London.

“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 told The Daily Mail.

“I love the club and still keep in touch with a lot of people there and the fans were incredible.

“I really enjoyed playing in those big European nights at White Hart Lane.”

Bale’s first Champions League goal came when Spurs beat FC Twente at home in 2010 but it was his performances against Inter Milan later that season that launched his rise to global prominence.

He scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 defeat at the San Siro and then set up two goals in a 3-1 win at home. From then on, he was a fixture in the first team and responded by scoring 49 goals in his final three seasons with the club.

However, in spite of those heroic performances, Bale never won anything while at Spurs and that is something he looks back on with disappointment – along with current Real Madrid colleague and former Tottenham man Luka Modric.

“It was a shame we didn’t win as many trophies as I would have liked,” he said.

“I’ve spoken to Luka about this. We were there or thereabouts to win the league and we kind of just dipped at the end.

“When you look at the team we had at the time, we feel that we should have won something.”

The Croatia international left Spurs one year before Bale and both have now won the Champions League three times with Madrid.

“Him being here was a reason why I came to Madrid,” Bale admitted.

“I knew what a good player he was. I think it helped me settle in a lot quicker.

“Having someone to help you is massive especially with such a big move abroad.”