Tottenham latest news: Andre Villas-Boas criticises Daniel Levy

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas in a press conference in 2013

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has criticised Daniel Levy for his role in running the club while speaking to The Keys and Gray Podcast (via the print edition of yesterday's Sunday Mirror, page 71.) 

What did Villas-Boas say about Levy? 

When asked about his relationship with the Spurs chairman, the Portuguese lamented the 'extravagant leadership' he thought Levy showed and revealed he could have been allowed to go and manage Paris Saint-Germain if they paid the £50m release clause in his contract after the 2012/13 season. 

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"Tottenham in the first year was very good," he said.

"It was not easy with Daniel, I'm not the simplest of guys to work with but we had our ups and downs.

"We had a lot of fun in that first season and we reached the end of that season and I was expecting to renew with Tottenham after having refused to go to Paris Saint-Germain.

"But what I think is that Daniel was willing to sell me to Paris Saint-Germain rather than renewing me because my clause was £50m. 

"So we started the second in bad animosity, Either way, we were very, very close to the top, we had more points when I reached an agreement to leave Tottenham than we had the season when we beat the record points. 

"But the environment was not there anymore, the connection with me and Daniel and [then technical director] Franco Baldini, so it was also time to go. 

"It all has to do with this extravagant leadership to take control of the clubs."

What was Villas-Boas' win percentage at Tottenham? 

Forty-five of the eighty games the former Chelsea boss oversaw across all competitions resulted in victories, giving him an impressive overall win percentage of 56.25%. 

In a Premier League context, only the much-celebrated Mauricio Pochettino and Tim Sherwood (who took charge of much fewer games) boast a higher win-rate than him. 

How much did it cost Spurs to sack Andre Villas-Boas? 

Back in December 2013, The Evening Standard revealed that Villas-Boas was in line for a £4.5m compensation package after a difficult second season in charge following the sale of Gareth Bale during the dying embers of the transfer window in the summer of 2013. 

He did, however, hand the likes of Harry Kane and Andros Townsend their Premier League debuts during his brief spell at the old White Hart Lane, while he was also responsible for bringing Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris to the club, with both going on to form huge parts of the side that reached the 2019 Champions League under Pochettino. 

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How involved is Daniel Levy in Tottenham transfers? 

Clearly, it's hard to say exactly given not many people are privy to internal discussions but The Evening Standard did claim in September it was Levy who was pushing the club's successful pursuit of Bale. 

Speaking on last week's episode of the Touchline Talk Podcast, Dean Jones revealed former manager Jose Mourinho did not view the Welsh forward as a priority. 

"He [Mourinho] wasn't bothered," he said from the 17:04 mark. 

"He said to Levy 'if you want to get him back, get him back but I don't think it particularly changes my plans' and Levy got him because Levy loves him."

Indeed, the Spurs chairman - who sections of the club's support have recently protested against - was also claimed (via ESPN) to have blocked a deal to send Dele Alli on loan to Paris Saint-Germain in January.  

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