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The 23-year-old had a fantastic campaign for club and country, but could not hide his sadness at watching his side miss out on qualification for Europe's foremost competition

Tottenham attacker Gareth Bale has admitted to feeling "very disappointed" at losing out on a top four place to Arsenal and subsequently falling just short of Champions League qualification.

The Wales international scored a stunning goal in Spurs' 1-0 win over Sunderland on the final day of the season, but the result was rendered meaningless as Arsenal claimed the victory they needed over Newcastle to claim fourth place.

And despite an award-winning individual campaign and a club record Premier League points haul, Bale was left feeling despondent by Tottenham's inability to claim a place in the Champions League.

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"It was obviously great to sign off with a great goal in the last minute, but circumstances made it hard to celebrate," Bale told Spurs TV Online.

"To play the way we have also but to miss out on our objective [Champions League qualification] is very disappointing."

Bale became an integral figure in Spurs' campaign, blossoming in a move advanced, central role for Andre Villas-Boas, and although he scored 26 goals for the club, it was not enough to catch their north London rivals Arsenal.

"We fought hard this season, the team and the manager have been great," Bale added.

"We have got the record points for the club in the Premier League.

"That would normally be enough to qualify for the Champions League, but it's not meant to be again.

"It's disappointing, but we will pick ourselves up again. We will just have to regroup this season and give it another go."

"It was great to get the win [over Southampton] but the clouds just came over and made it a little bit duller, but it's something we have to learn from, we are a young squad, and we will take it in to the future."

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