The Welshman completed his long-awaited world-record £86m move to Real Madrid on deadline day, ending the summer-long saga surrounding his future.
Spurs chief Daniel Levy fought to keep the 24-year-old at White Hart Lane, but the lure of joining the La Liga giants eventually proved to be decisive.
Although the Londoners have invested in excess of £100m to bring in new players such as Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela, AVB believes that losing Bale could be damaging to their hopes of success in the short-term.
“In the end, as you saw our chairman say, the pressure we were under from the player has been intense, the influence of Madrid on the mental state of the player has been very great, you reach a point where if you don’t accept [the offer] can you go forward with the player in that mental state,” AVB told the Evening Standard.
“When a bigger club come in it is hard to persuade a player to stay, even at a club that wants to get better — we want to win trophies, the path would have been shorter with him and it might be longer now but we have players who want to achieve things.”
Bale was voted the PFA Player of the Year for his performances last season, as he helped Spurs come within a point of securing qualification for the Champions League.
Tottenham were desperate to keep him for at least one more campaign, but were unable to convince him to commit his future to the club.
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