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Modric out, Moutinho in at Spurs?

Tottenham are in talks with "various clubs" over the transfer of Luka Modric, Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed - but he said that did not mean the Croatia playmaker would definitely leave White Hart Lane.

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Modric has said he wants to move, and Spurs are reported to be ready to sell for around £40 million. Le Parisien has said that Paris St Germain are interested in signing him and would be willing to meet Tottenham's valuation.

"Luka respects the fact that he is an important player for the club and can help us move forward," Villas-Boas said. "Ongoing discussions with these various clubs will continue until we reach an agreement which is sensible for each party."

The coach said a player of Modric's importance was "not easy to part company with", but stressed: "The chairman respects the values of the football club, and only with the right offer will we take that step."

He also confirmed that Spurs were interested in signing Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho, saying: "He was one of the most important players at Euro 2012, he had a fantastic tournament, and he's an important player for Porto.

"It doesn't mean that it's the only target, but if something happened of course he's a player we look on with some interest."

Villas-Boas, 34, said his challenge was to get Spurs back to winning trophies rather than to restore his reputation as he looked ahead to the new season at White Hart Lane.

He suffered a torrid time in charge of Chelsea last season, being sacked in March with the Blues struggling for form. He said he had been "meticulous" in considering his next move after leaving Stamford Bridge, and was confident that, in Tottenham, he had come to the right club with the right people and offered stability.

"It's not a mission of restoring my reputation, it's a mission to put Tottenham back on track with titles," he said. "Since 2008 we haven't won anything, and what we want to achieve is to take this club forward... with titles and success.

"You always learn from experience. The Chelsea experience was maybe not so gratifying in terms of success, but it was very, very gratifying professionally for me."

He said he had "learned a couple of things that I maybe did wrong" and that, at a club, it was important to "trust the right people at the right time".

Meanwhile, Spurs have confirmed that their former midfielder Steffan Freund has been appointed as the club's assistant head coach.

Freund moved to White Hart Lane from Borussia Dortmund in 1998, making 120 appearances for Tottenham and helping the club win the 1999 League Cup.

His appointment completes Villas-Boas' coaching team of Luis Martins (first team coach), Jose Mario Rocha (first team fitness coach), Tony Parks (goalkeeping coach) and Daniel Sousa (head of scouting).


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