Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has claimed that he was close to a similar role with Tottenham last year and still dreams of working in England.
Prade undertook his role with the Fiorentina last year but was apparently just steps away from linking up with the White Hart Lane board.
He told Corriere dello Sport: "Before I joined Fiorentina, I was a step away from going to Tottenham."
And Prade, who spent a number of years as sporting director of Serie A giants Roma, has admitted that one of his aspirations is to work in the English game.
He continued: “My personal dream? To work in England.”
Prade also revealed the situation regarding the much sought-after striker Stevan Jovetic, who is being targeted among elite clubs across Europe.
"Last year Jovetic was held strongly by Andrea Della Valle (Fiorentina president), who promised that he would let him leave at the end of this season," he added.
"And he keeps his promises, but the decision on his future will be taken together in June. But if Fiorentina were to get in the Champions League things may change."
Prade went on to confess that selling Jovetic to a club in overseas country would be a much more desirable outcome than seeing him sign for a Serie A rival.
"If Jovetic should leave, we prefer to sell him abroad," he said. "We have no relationship with Juventus and my owner has not authorised me to open talks with them."
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