Massimo Luongo: When Tottenham Hotspur appointed Andre Villas-Boas, I knew I had to leave

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Massimo Luongo left Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent deal back in 2013.

Massimo Luongo has told FourFourTwo that Tottenham Hotspur's appointment of Andre Villas-Boas forced him out of the club.

Villas-Boas was named Spurs boss in 2012, and he seemingly immediately decided that the Australian youngster wasn't cut out to make it at White Hart Lane.

Luongo wasn't given a first-team chance under the Portuguese boss, and he was quickly farmed out on loan to Ipswich Town. 

When he returned from Portman Road, the academy graduate says that he felt that he had been forgotten about, and it was at this moment that he knew he had to leave north London. 

"It was the choice of managers at the time which didn't suit me," he said. "I think for a lot of players now, it didn't suit them when Harry [Redknapp] was in charge, but for me I got a lot of exposure to the first team and my debut from it. Had things been different, who knows what it could have turned out to be?

"AVB came in and that was probably when I made my decision to leave permanently rather than on loan because it pushed me further and further away from the first team.

"I came back from loan and felt forgotten about. And from that, I made my decision about Tottenham."

Luongo departed Tottenham to join Swindon Town in 2013, and his career has gone from strength to strength since.

Swindon quickly put him in their first-team squad, and he became a star player for the Robins in the two seasons he spent with them.

Since, he has moved to Queens Park Rangers, and the Australia international is now playing a key role for Chris Ramsey's side, as they aim to win promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. 

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