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Tottenham’s failure to secure Champions League football is going to impact heavily on contract talks with their star performer Gareth Bale.

The triple Footballer of the Year, who scored 26 goals for Spurs in a brilliant personal campaign, is expected to commit his future to White Hart Lane for at least one more season.

But Tottenham are going to have to improve his salary to around the £200,000-a-week mark — putting him on a par with the best-paid players in the Premier League such as Yaya Toure, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie — to make up for his huge disappointment at not taking part in European club football’s flagship competition.

The Wales international realises his chances of playing in a World Cup or even a European Championship with his national team are slim, making Champions League involvement all the more important to him.

So Spurs will have to grant Bale a massive pay rise to compensate for parading his talent in the second-rate Europa League even though there are three years left on his £110,000-a-week contract.

A Spurs source said: ‘The vital issue will be getting the Champions League out of Gareth’s head before he commits for another season.That won’t be easy.’

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas’s remarks after the fifth-place finish in the Premier League point to his hardball chairman Daniel Levy realising he will have to almost double Bale’s current deal, with Real Madrid likely to offer at least £50m to lure him.

Villas-Boas said: ‘If we want to make it better next season we have to hold on to our best assets.’

Bale scored yet another stunning last-minute match-winner for Spurs on Sunday which only increase his value further – but the Tottenham chairman is determined to avoid a long drawn-out summer of bargaining and wants the 23-year-old to sign on the dotted line.

The Luka Modric contract saga, and Madrid’s courting of the midfield maestro, lasted nearly two years and affected the squad’s preparation for the Premier League season.

Spurs want to wrap up Bale’s signature for at least one more season before the players break up for their summer holiday.

Levy used his annual chairman’s message to Spurs supporters as a way of insisting that the club’s top stars would not be leaving in the summer.

‘Looking ahead to the summer, we shall continue to seek to strengthen and improve the team and to retain key players,’ Levy wrote.

Source: DailyMail

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