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Spurs star hints at summer exit

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Gareth Bale has hinted he could leave Tottenham at the end of the season if they fail to secure Champions League football this term.

Spurs began the season excellently and were briefly considered title contenders, however their recent poor run of form has seen them slip out of the Champions League qualification places with four games of the season remaining.

Bale has reportedly attracted interest from Barcelona, who are said to be monitoring developments at White Hart Lane.

The Welshman has previously admitted he is flattered to have been linked with a move to the Catalan club, and conceded he may have to assess his future if Spurs miss out on qualifying for European football’s leading club competition.

"If we don't [qualify for the Champions League], I have to discuss what's best for myself," he told BBC’s Football Focus.

He added: "I had a taste last season and thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone wants to test themselves against the best players in world.

"I am still a Tottenham player and need to keep performing for the team."

Bale’s comments come just days after Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insisted both he and fellow in-demand team-mate Luka Modric would remain at White Hart Lane even if they miss out on the Champions League.

Spurs go up against Blackburn on Sunday as they look to reignite their charge for a top four spot, with three points separating them from Newcastle in 4th place, while Chelsea sit a further point behind the Lilywhites in 6th.

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