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Apr, 28, 2012

Bale hints he could leave Spurs

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has suggested that he will look to leave the club in the summer if Spurs fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

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Harry Redknapp's side currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, three points behind Newcastle in fourth with four games remaining - although even leapfrogging the Magpies over the final weeks of the campaign might not be good enough to secure qualification for Europe's premier club competition, if Chelsea go on to win May's final in Munich.

Bale has tasted Champions League football before, during Spurs' run to the quarter-finals a year ago, and has now given his first indication that he might request to leave White Hart Lane in the summer in order to resume playing at the highest level.

"If we don't [qualify for the Champions League], I have to discuss what's best for myself," Bale told the BBC, when asked about his future.

Domestic rivals including Manchester City and Manchester United would likely be interested in the Wales international if he became available, with continental giants including Barcelona and Real Madrid also possible suitors.

Spurs would be unlikely to let the 22-year-old leave willingly, however, having successfully fended off Chelsea's advances for Luka Modric in a similar situation last summer.

The future is uncertain at the north London club, with manager Harry Redknapp widely expected to take the vacant England manager's job in the summer and Modric likely to be among a number of key players who could follow Bale and push for a move if the club finish outside the top four.

Results have been poor in recent weeks, although Bale believes that is more down to bad luck than the effect of the uncertainty that surrounds the club. He is still hopeful fortunes will change over the remaining weeks of the season and Champions League football will be earned.

"We're playing some good stuff at the moment, we just can't seem to get the ball in the back of the net," Bale said. "I think it's just one of those things you go through during the season - I think Arsenal went through it and came out stronger so hopefully our luck will change. We're not getting too much luck at the moment.

"Things can change dramatically in football, and we're hoping it changes for us over the last four games."

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