It was set. Final day of the season with the race for fourth spot hanging in the balance. For Tottenham to qualify, they needed a victory at home to Sunderland and had to hope that Newcastle held Arsenal.
After a long, gruelling 90 minutes - once the dust had settled - there were contrasting emotions at St. James' Park and White Hart Lane. Arsenal were jubilant, Spurs were disconsolate.
But what does this failure mean for Gareth Bale's future at Tottenham?
Many within the footballing world are of the opinion that Spurs would struggle to hold onto Bale should they fail to qualify for the Champions League. However, Andre Villas-Boas believes that Bale will still be in a Tottenham shirt next season.
In an interview with The Independent, AVB said: "Yes, that's the information we have (that Bale will stay).
"It is very, very difficult to lure a player of this dimension away.
"You have to hold onto your best assets."
Bale signed a new contract last summer and has many years to run on his current deal. Despite this, it is difficult to see Bale staying at Tottenham and with a host of clubs waiting in the wings to snatch him up, it seems only a matter of time before Bale finds himself plying his trade elsewhere.
Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona, Chelsea and PSG have all been touted as possible suitors for the 23-year-old Welsh winger, with Real Madrid holding a long-standing interest in the Southampton Academy graduate.
There is a feeling that Bale's future will be determined by another world-class talent - Cristiano Ronaldo. The 28-year-old Portuguese wizard has been heavily linked with a return to Old Trafford, and should either of these transfers come to fruition, it is likely that Madrid will seek Bale as a replacement.
Whatever the outcome of the Bale transfer saga, it is sure to be an intriguing story to follow during the summer period and wherever he does end up, Bale is likely to excel and show us what a quality player he is.
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