Where will Gareth Bale be next season?

Will Gareth Bale be at Spurs next season? Photo: PA

Gareth Bale faces an uncertain future at Tottenham after the club failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Here, we look at where the 26-goal forward could be plying his trade next season.

Tottenham

Bale has enjoyed his best season ever under Andre Villas-Boas, scoring 26 goals in 44 appearances. His style of play fits perfectly with Tottenham's, he is adored by the fans, and he recently spoke about his love for the club that has turned him in to a global star, so why leave? Tottenham will, no doubt, look to give him a bumper pay rise to keep him happy, and chairman Daniel Levy seems in no mood to get rid of his best players after coming so close to ending Arsenal's 18-year rule over north London.

Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola is thought to have a sizeable transfer kitty available to him this summer, and he could do worse than spend a chunk of it on Bale. Bayern can offer Bale Champions League football and they could even be champions of Europe by next weekend - another factor which would make a move to Germany more attractive. It remains to be seen whether Bayern would be willing to shell out the £50million plus transfer fee that Spurs would want for the player, though.

Real Madrid

With their history of big spending, Real Madrid are one of the few clubs who could afford to swallow up that massive fee. Real have made no secret of their admiration for Bale. They have sent scouts to watch the Welshman play this season and sporting director Zinedine Zidane described Bale as the best player in Europe this season. Bale has often said he would have no problem moving abroad, but uncertainty about the future of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo may put him off a move to the Spanish capital. If Tottenham came to the conclusion that they had to sell Bale, a move to their partner club in Spain would probably be their preferred option.

Manchester United

A move to United, with their history of success, would surely appeal to Bale, who is yet to win a club competition with Spurs. A marquee signing of this magnitude would also go a long way to quelling those who doubt that David Moyes is the right man to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. Should he make the switch to Old Trafford, it would mean Bale would not have to worry about adapting to a new league, but his loyalty to Spurs may mean he is reluctant to move to another English club.

Manchester City

City would be another club willing to stump up the transfer fee, and Bale's introduction would breathe new life in to a squad that lost the title due to a lack of intelligent investment last summer. But with no manager yet in place at the Etihad Stadium, and City's history of in-fighting, a transfer to the blue half of Manchester appears unlikely.