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Andre Villas-Boas says he turned down offers this summer to stay at Spurs

Aug 16, 2013, 8:21 PM EST

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According to Tottenham Hotspur’s Portugese manager, their man in charge stayed loyal to the club despite enticing offers from two of Europe’s top teams.

(It was) my first opportunity to start a second year in the same club,” Villas-Boas said Friday. “I think that can give me an advantage and 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.”

Villas-Boas began managing in 2009, and has never spent more than one season at any club.  He was in charge of Portugese giants Porto in 2010, left for Chelsea in 2011, was sacked after one year and joined Spurs before last season.

It is believed that the clubs he turned down were Spain’s Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain of France.

“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” AVB told reporters.

Real Madrid ended up with former PSG and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti after spending a while wooing him from the French giants.

PSG then had serious trouble finding a manager who would say yes, with AVB among a host of big names who turned down the job before they got Laurent Blanc to sign up.

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