Gareth Bale may no longer be a Tottenham player but he’s still hogging the news feeds, largely talking about the stress he claims to have felt while the deal to Real Madrid was going through. Today, however, it’s the turn of Andre Villas-Boas who, like many other managers, is calling for an early end to the summer transfer window.
“The problem is the discrepancy between coaches and clubs. The clubs at the moment are against the closure of the market earlier but the coaches who are in charge of the team and need to prepare for their season, most of us vote in favour of an earlier closure of the transfer window,” said AVB after a meeting of coaches and UEFA.
“Something has to be done,” he insisted. “There will have to be further meetings between UEFA and the clubs.”
Meanwhile, Andre also revealed the pressure put on Spurs by Bale to force his move.
“The pressure we were subjected to by the player has been intense,” Villas-Boas said. “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,” he added.
Spurs played three Premiership games and two Europa League ties while Bale was technically on the books but did the ongoing saga upset the team in any way and does AVB have a point in regards to the closing of the window?