The Welsh international left White Hart Lane back in 2013 – making the switch to the La Liga giants on deadline day after a whole summer of speculation linking him with a move to Spain.
The fee for the transfer was believed to be around £85 million making it a world-record at the time, overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to the same club from Manchester United.
Former Spurs director of football Darren Eales has been speaking to the Mirror – and he has revealed how big a part Daniel Levy played in Tottenham commanding such a sizable fee.
Eales praised Levy for his negotiating stance and working to do the best he can for the club.
“You won’t be surprised but with Daniel Levy involved it was a very complicated deal,” began Eales. “He was pushing for every penny.
“I remember a couple of times when it looked like the deal was going to be dead and then we’d resurrect it in the morning. But it was one of the most complicated deals, certainly what I’ve ever been involved in, right down to which currency would be used in the contract.
“It ended being a negotiation on every single point you could think of. It finally got done on transfer Deadline Day… that was when my hair started to go when I was doing that deal.
“The great thing about Daniel is that everything is done for the best of Tottenham. He drives that hard bargain because he wants the best for Spurs.
“To steward the club as he has done now with the new stadium coming and the team in the Champions League, I think it shows his incredible fortitude and foresight.
“Whether it’s against the likes of Chelsea or Manchester City, he has managed to punch above his weight throughout that time period. So, great credit to him.”