Spurs stars will leave if we don't go fourth, warns Gomes
Published 23:00 11/04/11 By John Cross
Heurelho Gomes last night warned Tottenham could lose top stars Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart unless they get back into the Champions League next season.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been left needing a miracle against Real Madrid tomorrow as they are 4-0 down from the first leg in the Bernabeu.
But keeper Gomes admits it is vital the club finishes in the top four and gets back among Europe’s elite if they want to hold on to their prized assets.
Welsh flier Bale is already a big-money target for European giants including Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Juventus.
Gomes said: “When you play Champions League every player wants to sign for Spurs. And maybe without Champions League it’s a little bit difficult to sign very good players, and to keep the best players.
“This club thinks big and when a club thinks big it has to play Champions League football.”
Gomes has also refused to give up on overturning Real Madrid’s four goal lead from the first leg and says Spurs are determined to go out on a high after their European adventure.
“We have shown a lot of character before and we can show it again,” said Gomes.
“It’s massive but we need to think about finishing well in this competition.
“It’s not over. It’s difficult, but we can do it.”