Gareth Bale has finally secured a switch away from Real Madrid to Tottenham after several windows of intense speculation regarding his future.
Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, was quizzed by BBC Sport on how that agreement came about, with others left empty-handed, and here’s what he had to say:
“Basically it was a conversation between [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy and myself where the subject came up, I suggested it and Daniel was interested.
“So that's basically how it was done. No magic, just long chats.
“Daniel Levy's been interested in bringing Gareth back for a long time. There was always a reason why it couldn't happen. Just this was the right moment.
“They made the move first.”
The Wales international is looking forward to opening a second stint with Spurs and Barnett believes an extended stay could be earned.
He added: “I'm sure that if things really worked out well, we'd have no problem.
“This is the club he wants to play at. I don't see any problems if he wants another year.”
Pressed on the chances of a return to Madrid with Bale still under contract until 2022, Barnett said:
“Hopefully the subject won't come up. He will be so successful at Tottenham he'll want to stay and it will be a simple deal to do the rest.
“What I hope is he'll get his love back for the game and play the way he can, but it's up to him.
“And he's not on trial anywhere. He's achieved more than any other, I think, British footballer abroad, so I think he's fine.”
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