Coyle Slams Agent Over Vela Deal

  • January 29, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle has defended his reason to pull out of a loan deal for Arsenal's Carlos Vela, sighting the player's agent as the reason why.

Vela completed a temporary switch to West Bromwich Albion on Friday, despite Wanderers being favourites to land the Mexico international.

Coyle has now revealed that the club had an agreement to take the 21-year-old on loan from the Gunners, but the demands of the player's agent meant he had no option but to pull the plug on the deal.

"It was my decision (to cancel the deal)," Coyle said.

"We had permission from Arsenal regarding Carlos Vela. On Thursday night we agreed with Arsenal that we would pay the player's salary, we also agreed to pay a loan fee to Arsenal.

"Subsequent to that I then had a chat with Carlos Vela's agent who informed me that there was more finances to come on top of that in terms of another fee and player appearances.

"Anyway to cut a long story short it was out of the realms of possibility. We're very upfront we have a fantastic relationship with Arsenal, we always have.

"We'd agreed a deal with the football club and then outside influences meant that the deal was going to be financially far too much.

"On Thursday night I said to the chairman - Phil Gartside - 'well that's it. we'll leave that', and I stepped away from it.

"I never spoke to the player himself so I stress there's no fault at the player's door or indeed Arsenal Football Club.

"It's just it was getting far too much and I thought it was getting ridiculous and that's why I stepped away from it."

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