Tottenham Hotspur

Fabio Paratici explains Tottenham's January transfer business

Jude Summerfield
Paratici is Tottenham's director of football
Paratici is Tottenham's director of football / Paul Harding/GettyImages
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Fabio Paratici has explained the process behind Tottenham's decision to bring in Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur during the January transfer window, as well as allowing four midfielders to leave.

Spurs signed Kulusevski and Bentancur from Juventus late in the window, while Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Bryan Gil and Dele Alli all secured departures from north London either on loan or permanently.

Paratici has drawn criticism for a perceived scattergun approach in the market, but he revealed how the incoming signings can improve Antonio Conte's squad.

He said: "Just one month and not three months like the summer and a lot of clubs don't want to move some players. So it's a market where we speak about opportunities.

"It's normally in January that we're more looking for a specific position. I think we found the right players in the right position.

"Players like Bentancur and Kulusevski, they are younger but they have a lot of experience, because Bentancur plays five years in Juventus and almost 200 games and Kulusevski almost 100.

"They can improve in this league, in this squad, with this coach, but also they already have good experience.

"Rodrigo is a midfielder, a complete midfielder so he is box-to-box and he is a really reliable player. Dejan is just 21, with ten goals and ten assists for Juventus so he's a really good prospect but also he is ready to play because he also played 35 games in Parma and he scored a lot. He's really a big prospect in Europe."

Midfielders Ndombele, Lo Celso and Gil left on loan for Lyon, Villarreal and Valencia respectively, while Dele was shipped off to Everton on a permanent deal.

Speaking on the loans, Paratici said: "They need more games. Just this. So no special motivation about it. They just need games and I think they will have in the new clubs. They are our players, our assets and of course we have to follow them. I repeat, they need just minutes, it's not about the quality but about the time."

On Dele, he added: "First of all, I would like to thank him for his time here. I'm absolutely convinced that it's the right time for him to have a new challenge and I wish him well and all the best for the future."

Following the close of the transfer window, fellow director Steve Hitchen has left Spurs, with 90min exclusively revealing on Thursday that Everton are interested in appointing him in their rebuild of the club's hierarchy.


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