Three consecutive draws and injuries to three key players have seen Tottenham’s season stumble as their campaign draws to a close.
Comprehensively outclassed over two legs by FC Basle, Spurs have worries aplenty with only five games to go to rescue their Champions League hopes for next season.
It doesn’t look good for fifth-placed Spurs, who find themselves two points behind North London rivals Arsenal, after a poor run of form which has seen them win just once win in seven matches in all competitions.
They face another test of their Champions League credentials as they prepare to entertain a resurgent Manchester City side this weekend.
Perhaps the only crumb of comfort for Spurs is the ten day gap between fixtures, where the club’s medical staff will earn their corn as they try and rehabilitate injured trio William Gallas, Aaron Lennon and star-man Gareth Bale.
Spurs desperately need a fit-again and firing Bale to help rescue their season and if they can't secure a top 4 finish they could very well be saying adios to their number 11.
The former Southampton man, favourite for this year's PFA Award, is at the very peak of his game right now and has played a key role in 20 goals for Tottenham this season, scoring 17.
Bale and his advisers are acutely aware his stock is at an all-time high, and Champions League heavyweights Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are waiting in the wings to prize Bale away from White Hart Lane.
Real will ring the changes at the Santiago Bernabeu, with or without Mourinho, and the Welsh wizard is near the top of their wishlist after receiving a ringing endorsement from no less than Zinedine Zidane.
Bayern Munich also wait in the wings for Bale as they prepare to welcome Pep Guardiola to the Allianz Arena, and are expected to be one of the biggest spenders in the summer transfer window.
Even Daniel Levy’s preparedness to break the club’s wage structure for the Welshman may not be enough to retain his services next season if they do not qualify for Europe's premier competition.
Bale has never hidden his desire to test himself abroad at some stage in his career, and the feeling within his camp is that the player must be able to showcase his talent on the Champions League stage.
Should Spurs' quest for top four fail, there is every chance that Gareth could Bale.
Should Gareth Bale stay at Spurs next season if they do not qualify for the Champions League?
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