44 games, 10 goals; AVB almost cost Tottenham £15m over Brazilian international

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Andre Villas-Boas has spoken out on his frustration at not signing Leandro Damiao at Tottenham - but Spurs were right not to.

A year has passed since Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as Tottenham manager, but the Portuguese boss is still seething over his departure from White Hart Lane.

Now managing Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia, 'AVB' has been speaking about his time with Spurs, and slammed chairman Daniel Levy for broken promises over player recruitment.

"The chairman proposed a challenge to increase Tottenham's competitive level", said Villas-Boas. "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."

It's well documented that Moutinho, Willian and Oscar have gone on to become star players for Monaco and Chelsea respectively, but what of Damiao?

The Brazilian striker was highly regarded during his time with Internacional, scoring 89 goals in 178 games whilst being linked with a move to Tottenham in virtually ever single transfer window in a two year spell.

That move never materialised, and whilst Villas-Boas was frustrated at that fact, Tottenham and Levy have been proven right in their decision not to sign him.

A £13m bid fell apart in January 2013, but since then, Damiao has seen his career stagnate - in such a crucial time for him, too.

Now 25, Damiao should've been Brazil's leading striker at their home World Cup campaign this summer, especially with Diego Costa deciding to play for Spain and Alexandre Pato struggling for form and fitness.

Yet instead, Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari was left to select Fred and Jo. Damiao was left at home, and his record for Santo - the club he joined for around £10m in 2014 - now stands at just ten goals in 44 games.

Despite Tottenham's struggles in attack, Levy has been vindicated in his decision not to sign Damiao, in a move which would have seen around £13m wasted, though it's a shame he didn't do the same thing with Roberto Soldado's switch to North London 18 months later.

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