Portuguese is scathing of his former star player’s recent actions.
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas has claimed that Gareth Bale put the north London club under “intense pressure” to force through his protracted world-record transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.
The coveted Wales international finally completed his long-running £85m move to the Santiago Bernabeu last Sunday, after months of face-to-face negotiations between the north London club and their counterparts from the Spanish capital.
However, with the clock slowly ticking down until the closing of the summer transfer window on Sept 2, relations between Bale and Tottenham became ever more strained as the wide man saw his dream move to Los Blancos slipping away.
But Bale’s boss at White Hart Lane has now revealed just how much pressure the club were put under to allow the winger to leave the capital for Madrid this season, from both the player and his representatives, and the Liga outfit too.
“The pressure we were subjected to by the player has been intense,” said Villas-Boas, who was speaking after a meeting of top-level managers at the headquarters of European football’s governing body UEFA in Nyon, Switzerland on Thursday.
“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.”
Bale leaves Spurs having scored 55 goals in 203 appearances for the club in a six-year period at the Lane.