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Villas-Boas rejected managerial offers

17 August 2013 11:35

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas revealed he rejected the overtures of several suitors in the close-season to remain at the club.

The 35-year-old is set to begin his second year in charge at White Hart Lane when his side travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

It is a feat he will reach for the first time after spending less than a year at previous clubs Chelsea and Academica and completing just one full campaign at Portuguese champions Porto.

Villas-Boas was linked to several high-profile jobs during the close-season, including the vacant positions at Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but decided to continue his tenure at the London club.

And the Portuguese is particularly happy with his decision following the appointment of Franco Baldini as technical director, as he feels the club have been able to attract players capable of pushing Tottenham into a top-four position.

"(I turned the offers down) because this is my first opportunity to start a second year in the same club," Villas-Boas said.

"I think that can give me an advantage and it is something I want to try.

"I have been very welcomed, I have an excellent group of players, and the conditions and structures we have at Tottenham are fantastic and the arrival of Franco takes us to another level so these are things I had to measure.

"I have great respect for the club and for (chairman) Daniel (Levy) and these are the reasons the couple of clubs that came knocking I told them that I wasn't interested."

Tottenham have had a fruitful close-season in terms of player recruitment thus far, twice breaking their transfer record with the arrival of Paulinho from Corinthians before his move was usurped by the reported £26million fee to land Valencia striker Roberto Soldado.

Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue were also brought in from FC Twente and Toulouse respectively, meaning Tottenham have not signed any British players, but Villas-Boas says the price for home-grown talent is too high.

"There is one problem with English players in the Premier League - the price," he continued.

"Eventually if a good deal at the right price for an English player arises I wouldn't have any problem with that."

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