Villas-Boas’ commitment shows he is the right man to lead Tottenham

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The Portuguese manager has confirmed that he turned down two offers to move to other clubs this summer in order to stay at White Hart Lane.

Andre Villas-Boas will lead Tottenham into Premier League action this weekend against Crystal Palace, with Champions League qualification the brief for the north London side. It has been a summer of upheaval at White Hart Lane with four new high-profile signings joining the squad and questions over Gareth Bale’s future at the club.

However, things could well have been even more up in the air if Villas-Boas had taken the opportunity to move to another club. It was widely speculated that Paris Saint-Germain were keen to appoint the former Porto man as Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement, while Barcelona and Real Madrid are thought to have considered the 35-year-old for their vacant managerial berths over the off-season.

Without naming the clubs involved, Villas-Boas has confirmed that he turned down offers from other sides from the continent this summer in order to remain as boss at Tottenham.

"(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 (Baldini) 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."

With Spurs looking to change the image of the club from a side that can be bullied into selling players into a team that holds onto its stars, to have the manager remain committed is a breath of fresh air.

Harry Redknapp worked wonders at the club in his time there, but made no moves to dispel links with the England manager’s role. As a consequence Spurs’ results on the pitch suffered in the period that the now QPR boss was being entertained as a possible replacement for Fabio Capello.

Villas-Boas has the respect of the Tottenham squad, and the fans will adore him for remaining loyal to the club. Despite the rumblings over Bale’s future, Spurs enter the start of this season in confident mood, which is largely down to Villas-Boas’ recruitment policy and management of the squad.

Tottenham fans now have 100 per cent faith in their young manager, who has the potential to bring the glory days back to White Hart Lane.

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