André Villas-Boas says he rejected offers to manage elsewhere this season as he was committed to his project at Tottenham Hotspur and determined to enjoy a degree of longevity at a club for the first time.

The Portuguese did not enter a second season at Academica Porto or Chelsea his previous managerial postings and when Paris Saint-Germain made a play for him in June he had the opportunity to move yet again. He had been linked to Real Madrid earlier in the year but having arrived at White Hart Lane last summer he was eager to build on his early work at the club.

Villas-Boas is delighted with the appointment of Franco Baldini as Tottenham's new technical director and he is working with him and the chairman Daniel Levy to improve a squad that finished fifth last season with a club record Premier League points tally.

"I stayed because it's my first opportunity to start a second year in the same club" Villas-Boas said. "I think that can give me an advantage and is something I want to try. I have been welcomed I have an excellent group of players and the conditions and structures we have at Tottenham are fantastic.