Gareth Bale's agent opens up on struggles with Tottenham's Daniel Levy

Daniel Levy, Club Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on March 09, 2019 in...

The Tottenham Hotspur chairman is well known for being a tough negotiator.

Tottenham Hotspur's Chairman Daniel Levy (C) alongside Sporting Director Damien Comolli (R) take their seats before the Premiership football match against Stoke City at The Britannia...

Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett opened up on negotiating with Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy, during a guest appearance on BBC Radio Five Live last night, admitting that he is an incredibly hard-nosed businessman.

The Wales international left Spurs for Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, for a then world record fee of £85.3 million, but it was far from a straightforward transfer.


Levy was never bullied into allowing Bale to leave Tottenham on the cheap, and he stood his ground for most of the summer, frustrating Real president Florentino Perez in the process.

And Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett admitted that Levy's reputation within the game is right on the money, when speaking during a guest appearance on BBC Radio Five Live last night, although he did praise the Spurs chief for his honesty:

Daniel Levy (R) looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on October 15, 2016 in West Bromwich, England.

“They (Levy and Florentino Perez) were both coming from different extremes and I was in the middle. At the end of the day, I must say that Daniel Levy kept to his word. We had a long conversations and he said, ‘If we get to a certain point, I will let him (Bale) go’. I have done a lot of negotiations with Daniel Levy and he is hard. But he has one thing, he speaks the truth."

Levy will most probably have to use his negotiating skills once again this summer, with many of Tottenham's key players having been linked with an exit.

The 57-year-old does get plenty of criticism from the Spurs faithful, but the good work that he does in getting the absolute best money for his football club often goes unnoticed.

And the sale of Bale six years ago was a prime example of that.

Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, Daniel Levy looks on from the stands during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on December 23, 2018 in...

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