Federico Fazio comments on Franco Baldini's role in Tottenham Hotspur exit

Tottenham Hotspur's Federico Fazio

The Argentine says the former Tottenham director of football did not play a direct role.

Tottenham's Federico Fazio in action with Arsenal's Olivier GiroudTottenham's Federico Fazio in action with Arsenal's Olivier Giroud

Tottenham Hotspur moved on Argentine defender Federico Fazio this summer, at least temporarily. The centre-back was loaned out to AS Roma for the season where he will be hoping to guide the Giallorossi to the Serie A title.

The move was not a surprise, as he has not been a part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans for some time now.

Tottenham Hotspur's Federico FazioTottenham Hotspur's Federico Fazio

Since signing for Spurs back in August 2014 the 29-year-old, who has three caps for the Argentina national team, has struggled to settle in English football.

Fazio spent the second half of last season on loan at former club Sevilla but was sent off 25 minutes into his second debut for the club and struggled to find his form, playing just six times.

It has led to some doubts among Roma fans about his condition, but speaking to the press today Fazio made it clear he would not be out of shape for his new club, as reported by Forza Roma:

Former Tottenham technical director Franco BaldiniFormer Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini

"I was not good only in the last six months at Tottenham, I did not have the continuity that I had in Spain. In Seville I was fine. I am a person who always goes to the maximum and that always trains with intensity. My physical condition does not bother me."

When the deal happened Fazio’s agent Salva Sanchez told Calciomercato that Franco Baldini, Tottenham's former technical director, had helped get the deal over the line for Roma, another of his former clubs.

However, Fazio clearly knows very little about this:

"I have not spoken with him before coming here, but I talked to him when I went to Tottenham.

General view of the Stadio OlimpicoGeneral view of the Stadio Olimpico

“This negotiation was conducted exclusively between clubs.”

Regardless of who helped the move happen Spurs will be pleased to see Fazio gone. He was simply not cut out for Premier League football, with his lack of pace regularly punished.

Italian football will surely be kinder to him. Indeed, it already has, as he scored on his debut this week.

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