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Football | Barclays Premier League

Bale warns Tottenham over future



Gareth Bale has warned Tottenham that he will have to consider his future if the north London club fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Welsh winger Bale is desperate to get back into Europe's elite club competition after impressing during Tottenham's run to the quarterfinals last season.

But Harry Redknapp's side are in danger of missing out on a top four finish in the Premier League after a woeful run over the last two months.

Spurs, who host Blackburn on Sunday, have won only one of their last nine league games and have lost their top four spot to Newcastle.

To make matters worse, Bale, who is high on Barcelona's wanted list, has hinted that missing out on the Champions League would make him ponder his future options.

"I had a taste of it last season and I enjoyed it thoroughly," Bale told BBC's Football Focus.

"I think everybody always wants to test themselves against the best players in the world.

"We have to wait and see what happens. Obviously if we don't qualify for Champions League we'll have to sit down and discuss and see what's best for myself."

Bale admitted he was flattered to be linked with Barcelona, but insisted there was nothing in the story at the moment.

"Obviously it's flattering but at the end of the day I'm still a Tottenham player and I need to keep performing week in week out for not just myself but for the team," he said.

Meanwhile, Bale believes Great Britain have a great chance of winning a gold medal in the Olympics football tournament if selection politics are overcome.

The Football Association of Wales, and its Scottish and Northern Irish counterparts fear that endorsing the Great Britain team would prompt other nations to demand that the four home nations should always play as a combined team.

Against that background it remains to be seen whether the likes of Tottenham and Wales star Bale, Craig Bellamy, Steven Fletcher and Chris Brunt, who are all in Stuart Pearce's 80-man provisional squad, will play in the Olympics tournament.

"If the club commitments all get sorted out then I don't see any reason why not," Bale added.

"We've got some great players in all the nations so yeah we definitely have a good chance of getting gold, you never know."

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