He didn't turn us down… we weren't interested: AVB says Spurs snubbed Klose
09:34 GMT, 19 September 2012
Miroslav Klose was offered to Tottenham during the summer transfer window – but manager Andre Villas-Boas insists HE turned down the Lazio striker.
The veteran Germany international is set to line-up for the Italian outfit at White Hart Lane as the two teams prepare to go head-to-head in the Europa League on Thursday.
Earlier in the summer Klose, 34, claimed that he rejected a move to north London, choosing to honour his deal at the Stadio Olimpico which runs until 2014.
Forward thinking: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he was not interested in signing Lazio striker Miroslav Klose earlier this summmer
He said: 'Tottenham came looking for me, but I signed for Lazio until 2014 and I intend to respect that contract.'
But speaking ahead of Spurs' showdown with the Serie A side, Villas-Boas revealed he had no interest in signing the former Bayern Munich star.
'Klose is an important player, but I have very good strikers. With Defoe, Adebayor and Dempsey I can feel comfortable,' he told Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Villas-Boas memorably won the competition with Porto in Dublin in 2011 before his short-lived spell at Chelsea and he is keen to emulate that success in charge of Spurs.
'Tottenham will face the Europa League with the spirit to get away and maybe to win it,' he said.
'The Europa League is not a minor cup, it is the entrance to the Champions League and it deserves the utmost respect.'
Go for it: Villas-Boas wants Tottenham to win the Europa League this season
The Portuguese coach, however, is expecting a testing opening encounter to Tottenham's European campaign.
'With Lazio it will be a difficult match,' he added.
'The Italian league is one of the toughest in the world and those at the top of it need to be addressed with the utmost concentration.
'They have important players such as Ledesma, who is one of my favourite players.
'Then there’s Hernanes. I expected him to find a top club (in the summer) and instead Lazio have done well to keep him.'