Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Spurs received several offers for Gareth Bale during last summer but the forward's desire to play for Real Madrid was the key on his move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
After some weeks of complicates negotiations between Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and Daniel Levy, the Spanish giants agreed to pay a record fee of £91m to secure Bale's services.
Villas-Boas was unlikely to sell his star but in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca reveals that the Wales winger's ambitious to play for the nine Champions League winners was crucial in the deal.
"Moving to Real Madrid was his own decision, there were many offers for him but he had enough ambition to sign for the most awarded club."
"He is aware that he is facing one of the biggest challenges of his career."
After struggle during his first months at the Santiago Bernabeu due to some minor injuries, Bale is finally proving his value with some amazing performances. Indeed, the former Spurs star lead his team to a 6-1 Champions League victory last Wednesday with two goals and one assist while in the latest La Liga game agaist Elche netted superbly from outside the area.
"He is playing really well," Villas-Boas added. "His goal against Elche was unbelievable but at Tottenham last season he already scored some very similar."
After being sacked by Tottenham earlier this season, Villas-Boas has been linked with Barcelona and he admits that managing the Catalans or Real Madrid would be a dream come true.
"They are two of the best clubs in the world. One of them is the most awarded and the other have marked the recent history. Guardiola's legacy was impressive. For me as a young coach would be a dream to manage either of them."
Furthermore, asked if his bad relationship with striker Emmanuel Adebayor was the reason behind his Tottenham exit he said: "I'm sorry but for contractual reasons I can't talk about it."