André Villas-Boas says he rejected offers to manage elsewhere this season as he was committed to his project at Tottenham Hotspur and determined to enjoy a degree of longevity at a club for the first time.
The Portuguese did not enter a second season at Academica, Porto or Chelsea, his previous managerial postings, and, when Paris Saint-Germain made a play for him in June, he had the opportunity to move yet again. He had been linked to Real Madrid earlier in the year but, having arrived at White Hart Lane last summer, he was eager to build on his early work at the club.
Villas-Boas is delighted with the appointment of Franco Baldini as Tottenham's new technical director and he is working with him and the chairman, Daniel Levy, to improve a squad that finished fifth last season, with a club record Premier League points tally.
"I stayed because it's my first opportunity to start a second year in the same club," Villas-Boas said. "I think that can give me an advantage and is something I want to try. I have been welcomed, I have an excellent group of players and the conditions and structures we have at Tottenham are fantastic.
"The arrival of Franco takes us to another level so these are things I had to measure. I have great respect for the club and for Daniel, and these are the reasons I told the couple of clubs that came knocking that I wasn't interested. How close did I get with them? There was a decision to be made."
Villas-Boas told Levy shortly after his appointment that he wanted a technical director to make the club slicker operators on the transfer market. Tottenham have gained a reputation for leaving their business late and it is clear that Villas-Boas has wanted deals to happen much earlier. The club have spent £59.5m on Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue but there remains the probability that they will be active until the final day of the window.
"Franco's addition to Tottenham will be a major, major step forward and I think we've been seeing the impact of that already," Villas-Boas said.