Giovani dos Santos' transfer odyssey has officially ended with the attacker returning to the Liga BBVA and signing for RCD Mallorca.
The Mexican international's signing for the Spanish side was also a success story for his lawyer, Vicente Montes, who represented Dos Santos throughout the process in order to secure a move away from Tottenham.
"We're very satisfied and happy," Montes told Goal.com in his exclusive interview. "It has been a very arduous piece of work and finally, Giovani has his smile back, he has confidence from his new manager, a team that's going to want him there and I'm sure that he'll produce at a very good rate."
When speculation pointed towards Sevilla, Inter or a bevy of other La Liga and Serie A clubs in the past few days, Joaquin Caparros and his team seemingly came out of nowhere to sign the player. "There are three parts in any negotiation and all three had to be on the same page, it wasn't easy," Montes explains.
"In the end, we've chosen the team that was better for us in all respects. There were plenty of interested sides. Mallorca met our expectations, they're a great team with a great coach that play in a beautiful city. Gio returns to the Spanish league and Mallorca expressed commitment in their pursuit of the player," he continued.
Other teams bowed out of the race for Dos Santos due to the difficulty that Tottenham represented in its negotiation for the player. The hard stance was eventually softened by Montes in order to secure the move to Mallorca.
"There were several teams that had been asking about the player but they didn't trust that we would have the capability to resolve this situation with Tottenham. Mallorca bet on it and they've received a just prize in the form of a great player," he said.
Despite the fact that Spurs retain 50 percent of the player's rights, the intent is for the Premier League side to potentially cash in on a second transfer should Dos Santos attract attention in Mallorca. Montes was clear, however, that the co-ownership deal did not include a clause in which Spurs can repurchase the player.
"We'll never go back to Tottenham. We're just not going to do it," he said.
While it is clear that the currently injured player will have to prove his worth in order to crack the starting lineup, according to the lawyer, Montes noted the warm reception Dos Santos received at his new club.
"From what the team's president has said about Giovani, he will be one of the team's biggest players if not the biggest," he said.
Not all of Montes' attention was focused on Giovani dos Santos during the current market. The lawyer also represents younger sibling Jonathan, whose rumored exit from the Camp Nou did not happen as the 22-year-old rejected a loan deal to Sevilla.
"Jonathan is aware that he's wearing shirt No. 12 at Barcelona, and consequiently, he's going to fight [for minutes]. He has confidence, his teammates have huge confidence in him and he's going to try," he said.
Lastly, Montes praised Sevilla for its pursuit of the player, and admitted that Barcelona had green-lit the deal in an admission that the player would receive more minutes.
"Barcelona valued this as a chance to loan Jonathan so he'd eventually have better form. It's true that Sevilla and Michel asked for him, and they did so in such a caring and professional way that Jonathan was flattered. However, he has it clear that he wants to triumph at Barcelona and he's going to try and do that," he finished.
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