Juande Ramos is a manager Gareth Bale will not forget, for it was under him that the Welshman picked up the one and only medal of his career to date, the 2008 League Cup.
The Spaniard was sacked later that year, and after a short spell managing Real Madrid, now finds himself in charge at Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetkovsk.
With former Spurs and Madrid connections, the 58-year-old is perfectly placed to give his views on the Bale transfer saga, and that is not a trick Spanish newspaper Marca have missed.
In an interview with them Ramos has stated he believes Bale will have no problem adapting at Real Madrid if the deal goes through, such is the winger's professional approach.
But on the topic of the price, with figures quoted in the region of £100 million, he is not so sure.
"Talking about those figures is an insult, especially considering Spain’s current situation, but the market dictates the price."
A sensible comment in many ways, and certainly reflective of the mood in Madrid. The world record fee would send shockwaves through football, and many believe Real cannot even afford it - including president Florentino Perez yesterday describing it as 'a bit much.'
In a poll of more than 145,000 Madrid fans, just seven per cent responded that £100 million was value for money.
It appears that while Ramos admits the market dictates the price, there is a growing uncomfortable feeling in Spain with regards to the prices Daniel Levy is demanding for his star player; and that can only be good for Tottenham's chances of hanging onto him this summer.
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