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Paratici over Haaland and Kane close calls for Juve and Tottenham

Fabio Paratici reveals why Erling Haaland turned down Juventus twice while Harry Kane “understood” the reasons Tottenham Hotspur couldn’t let him go to Manchester City.

The striker is now breaking records at the age of 21, including 12 goals in 15 international matches for Norway, while he has scored 11 goals in just eight competitive games for Borussia Dortmund this season.

Paratici took over at Tottenham this summer but had spent a decade on Juventus’ transfer strategy.

“Haaland was close to Juventus for the first time when he was 16-17 years old and was still playing in Norway,” Paratici revealed during the Festival dello Sport in Trento.

“He wanted more space to play regularly, so he chose RB Salzburg. Then he chose Borussia Dortmund for the Bundesliga and of course other playing opportunities.

“At 20 it’s a lot easier to play for Dortmund than for a club like Juventus, especially since we had Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain at the time.

“The player just decided on another sporting journey.”

Paratici also spoke about England international Kane and how close he was to Manchester City over the summer.

“We have Kane, the best center forward in the world, and we enjoy his presence. We started the rebuilding process at the club and we needed our most important player with us, not to sell him.

“Kane is a very intelligent man and takes care of the club so he got it and had no problems.”

The 28-year-old came through the Spurs youth system on loans to Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester City before settling down for good in 2013 and being under contract with the north London club until June 2024.

This season he has hit the net six times in 10 competitive games for Tottenham.

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