Bale insists they have a big future ahead of them - if they can return to the Champions League.
"People have pointed out what could happen if we don't get back into the Champions League, but look what might happen if we do. We don't want to be losing players like Luka [Modric] in the summer, but if we get Champions League football there'll be no problem keeping the squad together. I have no doubt about that. We know what's at stake, but there's no panic," he told the Observer.