Former Tottenham director of football administration Darren Eales has revealed details of Daniel Levy’s role in the £85 million sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in 2013.
The Mirror has exclusively published an “inside story” piece on the transfer. The article features an interview in which Eales praises Levy’s persistence to collect a then-world record sum for Bale.
“You won’t be surprised but with Daniel Levy involved it was a very complicated deal,” said Eales. “He was pushing for every penny.”
He added: “I remember a couple of times when it looked like the deal was going to be dead and then we’d resurrect it in the morning.
“But it was one of the most complicated deals, certainly what I’ve ever been involved in, right down to which currency would be used in the contract.
“It ended being a negotiation on every single point you could think of. It finally got done on transfer Deadline Day… that was when my hair started to go when I was doing that deal.
“The great thing about Daniel is that everything is done for the best of Tottenham. He drives that hard bargain because he wants the best for Spurs.
“To steward the club as he has done now with the new stadium coming and the team in the Champions League, I think it shows his incredible fortitude and foresight.
“Whether it’s against the likes of Chelsea or Manchester City, he has managed to punch above his weight throughout that time period. So, great credit to him.”
Of course, the money was spent rather poorly in the end. Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are the only survivors of the “Magnificent Seven” signed with the Bale money.
Many see Levy as the best chairman possible for Tottenham, while others believe he is more interested in the financial side of things than footballing matters.
Regardless, it seems Levy will almost always get a good fee for players who want out.