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Tottenham Hotspur's manager Andre Villas-Boas. Picture credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire.

Tottenham Hotspur's manager Andre Villas-Boas. Picture credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire.

Tottenham Hotspur's manager Andre Villas-Boas. Picture credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire.

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS has turned down the chance to become the head coach of Paris St Germain and will instead stay at Tottenham Hotspur, who have appointed Franco Baldini as director of football.

PSG are believed to have offered Villas-Boas a three-year contract, which would have placed him among the three highest-paid managers in world football, as well as unlimited transfers funds.

Baldini's appointment, which was agreed earlier this week and will be announced imminently, has also helped persuade Villas-Boas to stay.

Villas-Boas is hoping to make Brazil international Paulinho his first signing of the summer with talks already having taken place with the player's club, Corinthians. Villas-Boas is also keen to improve Spurs' forward line and has held discussions over acquiring David Villa from Barcelona.

It is understood that the 31-year-old Spain international would like to come to the Premier League and is enthusiastic about joining Spurs.

Villas-Boas' decision to stay is a severe blow to PSG, who were willing to activate the £10m release clause in his contract and wanted to appoint him as Carlo Ancelotti's successor.

Spain retain U21 European crown

Thiago Alcantara inspired Spain Under-21s to European Championship glory, with the reported Manchester United target hitting a hat-trick as Italy were defeated in Jerusalem.

The 22-year-old, part of the Spain side that won the tournament in Denmark two years ago, headed home his first after just six minutes, but Italy were quickly level through a fine Ciro Immobile goal.

Spain regained the lead through Alcantara in the 31st minute, before the son of Brazilian 1994 World Cup winner Mazinho completed his hat-trick with a penalty seven minutes later.

Manchester City target Isco added to Alcantara's treble in the second half and, despite a nervy ending following a strike from Liverpool's Fabio Borini, but La Rojita retained their title in style.

Aussies qualify

Australia qualified for the 2014 World Cup by beating Iraq 1-0 in Sydney, with Josh Kennedy - a replacement for Tim Cahill - heading home the winner in the 83rd minute as a reward for a bold decision taken by coach Holger Osieck.


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