Tottenham Hotspur manager André Villas-Boas has said that Gareth Bale put the team under "intense pressure" as his transfer to Real Madrid dragged on.
Bale finally secured a move to Real Madrid at the end of the transfer window, with his £86million price tag making him the most expensive player in football history. But Villas-Boas has expressed dissatisfaction at the way Real handled the deal and publicly courted the player.
"The pressure we were subjected to by the player was intense," he is quoted as saying by ESPN.
"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."
Reports suggested that Bale refused to talk to anyone at Tottenham and was desperate to switch to the Bernabeu, to play in his “dream” club. The situation became even more irritating for the Spurs boss, due to the public pursuit of Bale by Real.
But, he said that he did not let the entire saga trouble him and his team, and tried not to give in to distractions. He also iterated that ultimately it all depends on the player.
However, he conceded "at the end of the day, it's up to a player to decide if he wants to stay or wants to go".
And he added: "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."
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