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Fourth spot sill in reach but failure would see Gareth Bale leave

| 12.04.2011

Heurelho Gomes believes Gareth Bale will leave for pastures new should Tottenham Hotspur fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Manchester City’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool last night leaves Harry Redknapp’s side just three points off fourth place with a game in hand on Roberto Mancini’s side, and while Man City are 1/3 to finish in the top four, the value could be in backing Spurs at 7/4.

But should Spurs fail to reach the coveted fourth spot, it could lead to an exodus of stars in the summer.

Gareth Bale is attracting a £30m price tag if the gossip columns in the dailies are to be believed, and while £30m would minimise the shortfall for missing out on Champions League qualification, it would be a step backwards for Spurs.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said on Sunday stars would be sold to balance the books if the club missed out on Champions League qualification, and with a number of top clubs clamouring for Bale it seems the Welshman would be first out of the door.

It seems Harry Redknapp’s side are playing for more than Champions League qualification this season and failure to finish fourth would mean worrying times for Tottenham supporters.

Real Madrid travel to White Hart Lane on Wednesday for a tie Tottenham are 25/1 to qualify from, but with their Champions League dreams all but ended, Redknapp needs to focus on their next Premier League game at home to Arsenal.

A win against Arsenal would be a huge boost not just in the dressing room, but with everyone associated to the club, however trips to Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool make it a tough run in for Tottenham.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.