Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed that Gareth Bale's state of mind after sustained interest from Real Madrid was one of the reasons for his eventual sale.
The Welshman completed his world record move to the Spanish giants last weekend but the deal took a long time to negotiate and Bale became increasingly frustrated with the long proceedings and even failed to turn up for training with the club.
Tottenham's chairman, Daniel Levy, was determined to get the best deal for the club and that was partly responsible for the long-running saga.
However, the Portuguese has admitted that Bale's state of mind, together with the relentless chasing employed by Real Madrid, forced the club's hand.
Villas-Boas said: “The pressure we were subjected to by the player has been intense. The influence of Real Madrid has been very big and you get to a point where you have to consider if it’s feasible not to accept an offer and whether you can press on with a player in that state of mind.
“Obviously, we should be happy with the transfer fee that was paid. Players want to win championships and I believe that with Gareth that is within reach. At the end of the day, it’s up to a player to decide if he wants to stay or wants to go."
Now, with the transfer finally completed, AVB has aired his displeasure at the transfer window and joined growing calls for the window to be shut before the start of the season.
“The clubs like it as it is but the coaches are of the opinion that the market should be closed earlier,” he added.
“The coaches need time to prepare their teams for the season. Most coaches would like it to be open less time and closed earlier; obviously we will have to have further meetings.”
The world record fee did enable the club to break their own transfer record three times over, however, with the arrivals of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela.
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