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Spurs-linked coach with 9 trophies spoke of Premier League dream move in 2017

Paulo Fonseca, a manager linked with the Tottenham Hotspur vacancy, told The Telegraph in 2017 that he dreamt of managing a Premier League club.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Ian McGarry claimed that the 48-year-old has been offered to both Spurs and Celtic.

Fonseca is currently at Roma, but on Tuesday, the Serie A club released a statement confirming that he’ll leave the club at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

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The Portuguese joined the Giallorossi in the summer of 2019, joining from Shakhtar Donetsk where he won the league and cup double in all three seasons with them.

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Fonseca previously enjoyed spells at Sporting Braga, Pacos Ferreira and Porto, and will be succeeded by Jose Mourinho, who Tottenham sacked in April.

Back in October 2017, when Fonseca’s Shakhtar were shining in the Champions League, the manager – then linked with Everton – gave an interview to The Telegraph.

“All coaches want to go to England and I am one,” said Fonseca. “I have this dream and I believe this can happen. I believe a lot this can happen. If it’s soon or not, I have this dream.

“I have a big, big passion about the game and the atmosphere in England is amazing. I hope one day to live it. It’s the biggest league in the world.

“For any coach, to work in England can be amazing. You have the best coaches and the best players.”

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Fonseca seems to tick a lot of boxes for Spurs – he’s a young manager whose style of play is aesthetically pleasing and efficient.

He’s also eager to develop individual players and make the most of his current resources, and he has a track record in winning silverware, with nine trophies on his CV.

According to The Athletic, Tottenham want to go back to something more like the Mauricio Pochettino era, with individual coaching sessions for players, a positive style of play, and a sense of alignment and unity within the club.

And by the sounds of it, Fonseca sounds like a good shout for Spurs – not to mention there’ll be no compensation fee to pay as he’ll be free in the summer.

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