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Villas-Boas bemoans pressure in Bale saga
'The pressure we were subjected to by the player has been intense,' Villas-Boas said after a meeting of top coaches at the Swiss headquarters of European football's governing body UEFA.
"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," he told reporters.
Bale was officially presented as a Madrid player on Monday, after signing from Tottenham Hotspur on a six-year contract for around £80 million ($124 million, 94 million euros).
"Obviously, we should be happy with the transfer fee that was paid," said Villas-Boas.
Bale is just the latest in a string of "galactico" signings Real president Florentino Perez has made during two spells in charge of the club, in a drive to boost their success on the field and commercial revenue off it.
Villas-Boas said he understood why the Welshman had wanted to be part of Real's hunt for new glory.
"Players want to win championships and I believe that with Gareth that is within reach," he said.
He also underlined that players had a right to develop their careers thanks to transfers.
"At the end of the day, it's up to a player to decide if he wants to stay or wants to go," he said.
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