Fabio Paratici, the manager of Tottenham, has mounted a fierce defence of the team’s transfer philosophy.
Spurs completed January with two new additions after a challenging month that saw lacklustre performances on the field and tough talks off it.
Both Arnaut Danjuma and Pedro Porro signed on a temporary basis; Pedro Porro’s loan will end in the summer following weeks of negotiations with Sporting Lisbon.
However, there has been a lot of discontent directed at the club’s structure by Tottenham fans.
Nevertheless, managing director Paratici has vowed to resist pressure.
The January transfer window is never simple, the Italian informed the team’s reporters.
“You can’t have a choice of all the market – a lot of players are not available because they are playing or the other club is not happy to sell.”
“We are happy we got our targets. We added two international players to our squad.”
“We have to look not at the small picture of our transfer window but the big picture of our project. It’s a long-term project.”
In the 18 months since joining Tottenham in June 2021, Paratici has been in charge of 12 permanent transfers as well as the signing of Dejan Kulusevski, who is currently on loan but has a buyout option.
Only one player from the 2020 summer transfer window, when Jose Mourinho was in control, is still in the squad: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The future of Paratici at the club is, however, in doubt after he received a two-and-a-half-year suspension for his part in Juventus’ unlawful operations while he was playing for the Turin team.
The 50-year-old is planning to challenge the Italian Football Association’s ruling and claims he did nothing wrong.