Tottenham Hotspur's Andre Villas-Boas doesn't appreciate anyone questioning his loyalty.
As reported by Sky Sports, the Portuguese manager was apparently a hot commodity this summer throughout Europe, but chose to return to White Hart Lane in lieu of a new challenge.
Speaking at an official Premier League launch event at a south London school on Thursday, Villas-Boas told those in attendance that he snubbed that interest to stay with Spurs.
Entering his second full season with Spurs after being dismissed by Chelsea after just nine months, Villas-Boas firmly stated that his future with the club was never in doubt:
I have been very welcomed, I have an excellent group of players, and the conditions and structures we have at Tottenham are fantastic and the arrival of Franco [Baldini] takes us to another level so these are things I had to measure...I have great respect for the club and for (chairman) Daniel (Levy) and these are the reasons the couple of clubs that came knocking I told them that I wasn't interested.
Real Madrid moved forward by hiring former PSG man Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager this summer, while the French club went with Laurent Blanc as Ancelotti's replacement at the Parc des Princes.
Of course, not everyone believes that the interest from the two European giants was substantial. CNN's Tancredi Palmeri is simply not convinced:
I read that Villas-Boas this season has turned down Real Madrid. I pay money from my pocket if someone brings evidence of that. Seriously...— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 16, 2013
The 35-year-old Villas-Boas did guide Tottenham to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League table last season, just missing the top-four finish required to participate in Champions League football. The 72 points recorded by Spurs in the table were the most ever in club history.
Villas-Boas has also been instrumental in helping Spurs land transfers Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue this summer.
With the new crop of talent in place, Tottenham is expected to compete for a top-four spot with or without star winger Gareth Bale, who has been the subject of fierce transfer rumours all offseason.
As noted by Fox Soccer's Twitter account, Villas-Boas is staying mum on Bale's future—for now:
Andre Villas-Boas stays quiet on Gareth Bale future. http://t.co/CXI5KBYFGZ— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 11, 2013
Tottenham will begin their 2013-14 Premier League season against Crystal Palace on Sunday with Villas-Boas in his customary crouched position on the sidelines. If it's left up to the manager, AVB will be continuing that tradition for years to come with the Spurs.