Tottenham manager Andre-Villas Boas has likened the Gareth Bale transfer saga to a 'soap opera' and is supporting growing calls for the transfer window to be shut earlier.
Portuguese Villas-Boas, who penned a three-year deal to replace Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane last summer, has admitted that the club found it difficult to deal with the situation involving Bale's move to Real Madrid as it infringed upon Tottenham's preparations for the new Premier League season.
The 24-year-old eventually completed his world-record transfer to the Spanish capital last weekend and Villas-Boas has been very honest about the issue following the close of the transfer window this week.
"In the end, as you saw our chairman say, the pressure we were under from the player has been intense, the influence of Madrid on the mental state of the player has been very great, you reach a point where if you don’t accept [the offer] can you go forward with the player in that mental state," he was quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“Gareth’s last game for Tottenham was five weeks ago. Since then a lot of things happened and we had a soap opera which was hard to handle. The player is now happy and we should be happy to have the biggest transfer fee in history. The fans will be the least happy."
A particularly eventful transfer window saw several Premier League teams increasingly unsure of which players they would be able to call upon this season and Villas-Boas admits that most managers would like to see the footballing authorities act to ensure that such damaging uncertainty is limited by sanctioning an earlier end to the window.
“Most of the coaches are unhappy with the closure of the window, most of the coaches would like it to be open less time and close earlier. Now we will have to have further meetings between UEFA and the clubs," he added.
Tottenham, who suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to fierce rivals Arsenal in the season's first North London derby on Sunday, return to Premier League action on September 14 with a home clash against Chris Hughton's Norwich City.