London: Seeking a replacement for the Real Madrid-bound Carlo Ancelotti, the French champions PSG were prepared to meet a 11.7 million euros buyout clause in the Portuguese's contract at White Hart Lane and substantially improve his personal terms.
Instead, Andre Villas-Boas has opted to stay at Tottenham; partly in anticipation of facing his former mentor, Jose Mourinho, in league football for the first time, partly in expectation of more aggressive transfer market backing from Tottenham this summer. "Andre is staying put at Tottenham," a source was quoted saying on Tuesday. "He is looking forward to the challenge of the 'Happy One'."
The decision was not a straightforward one for Villas-Boas. According to multiple sources, the Portuguese was discomfited by aspects of an impressive campaign at Tottenham in which he guided the club to its highest Premier League points total only to miss out on a Champions League qualifying slot on the season's final day.
PSG are not the only club to show an interest in Villas-Boas this year. Napoli approached him before appointing Rafa Benitez but were frightened off by the release clause.