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'Daniel Levy may not be my friend any more' - Gareth Bale's agent

The agent who helped push through Gareth Bale's summer transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid has been speaking about the saga.

For better or worse, Tottenham fans will surely just be glad the never-ending saga surrounding Gareth Bale is over.

The 'will-he won't-he' soap opera concluded almost one month ago, with Real Madrid paying Tottenham a world record transfer fee of £86 million.

One man who is also glad for his own reasons it is over is Gareth Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett - who no doubt is richer than he ever could have imagined when he took the Welshman on as a client.

Early on in the summer Barnett spoke to Spanish newspapers and indicated his client was open to a move, the first sign of being at odds with Tottenham's official line that the winger was not for sale.

The negotiations went back and forth for months, and Barnett has admitted the strain the intensity of them put everybody concerned under.

He told Spanish television show La Sexta: "The deal never fell apart, but it came close on several occasions. It wasn't all peace and love in the meetings. They were tough and problematic."

He admitted that his friendship with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been damaged, perhaps irrepairably.

"I hope that we remain friends, but I'm not sure. He's a tough negotiator, but fair."

Levy ended up making a u-turn on his programme notes in Spurs' final Premier League game of last season that no key players would be sold, but with the superb signings brought in - Paulinho, Soldado and Lamela to name just three - the blow of losing Bale is certainly softened.

But Barnett is certainly right to expect to be invited over for dinner at the Levy's any time in the near future.

Looking back now, do you feel Spurs handled the summer window in the right way?

image: © James Boyes

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