Andre Villas-Boas Reveals: Tottenham Signed Players I Didn’t Want

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Ex-Spurs & Chelsea manager gives revealing interview.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has given a revealing interview on his difficult time in charge at White Hart Lane, the London Evening Standard reports.

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The Portuguese coach was dismissed from his role as head coach at the north London club just over a year ago following some poor results, but he feels he was put in a difficult situation by those above him.

Tottenham’s director of football Franco Baldini is known to have largely been in charge of signings at Spurs during Villas-Boas’ reign, and the 37-year-old, who also had a spell at Chelsea, believes the players brought in did not fit his profile of what he wanted in his squad.

AVB also had to cope with the departures of big names such as Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart, and he has now explained that he feels these key players were not adequately replaced by the club.

“I ended up leaving by mutual agreement – it wasn’t a sacking – because I gave full support to the football director Franco Baldini who meanwhile had other ambitions, meaning that I ended up with players that did not fit the profile I wanted,” he said.

“The chairman proposed a challenge to increase Tottenham’s competitive level, but immediately Modric left and we didn’t get any of the targets I had identified, such as Joao Moutinho, Willian, Oscar or Leandro Damiao.

“These were promises that were not kept. I had a group of players I had not chosen. In two years I lost Van der Vaart, Modric, Bale, and all the promises made were unfulfilled.”

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