Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has called for a shortening of the transfer window so that it closes before the start of the season.
The plea comes after the summer-long transfer saga of Gareth Bale from Spurs to Real Madrid was only resolved with one day of the transfer window to go.
The protracted nature of the transfer lead to Bale taking no part in Tottenham's opening games of the season despite still being at the club.
Speaking after UEFA's elite club coaching forum in Nyon, Villas-Boas likened the episode to a 'soap opera'.
"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] you go forward with the player in that mental state," he said.
“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.
“When a bigger club come in it is hard to persuade a player to stay, even at a club that wants to get better — we want to win trophies, the path would have been shorter with him and it might be longer now but we have players who want to achieve things.”
Villas-Boas was not alone in his complaints with other managers at the forum apparently backing the idea.
“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," said the Portuguese.
"Now we will have to have further meetings between UEFA and the clubs.”
Bale was eventually sold to Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of £85.3 million.
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