‘I turned down Real Madrid and PSG’

Andre Villas-Boas has revealed he turned down Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain to remain at Tottenham Hotspur.

According to the Daily Star, both made summer approaches for the Portuguese after he impressed at White Hart Lane last season, although he had no hesitation in turning them down.

“This was my first opportunity to start a second year at the same club,” said Villas-Boas.

“I think that gives me an ­advantage and is something I want to try. I have been made very welcome here.

“I’ve got an excellent group of ­players and the conditions and structure we have at Tottenham are fantastic, and the arrival of [director of football] 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 those are the reasons these couple of clubs came knocking, but I told them that I wasn’t interested.”

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