Villas-Boas appeared to grow increasingly weary during the protracted saga of the summer before Bale’s £86 million move was completed a little over 24 hours before the transfer window closed. The Tottenham manager has led the calls for trading to finish earlier in the season backed by the likes of former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benítez and Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan and claimed that Bale’s determination to leave had a damaging effect on his preparations for the Premier League campaign. While Villas-Boas is certain that the Wales international will underline why Real’s pursuit became so relentless he has conceded for the first time that the whole affair was difficult to take. Speaking after a meeting of top coaches at the headquarters of European football’s governing body Uefa in Nyon Switzerland he said: “The pressure we were subjected to by the player has been intense. "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.
Gareth Bale's desire to join Real Madrid put Tottenham under 'intense' pressure, says Andre Villas-Boas
The Telegraph | Sep 6