Villas-Boas Has €14m Barcelona Release Clause In His Contract

By on July 20, 2013

Andre Villas-Boas

Worrying news for Tottenham fans as Spanish newspaper AS are reporting today that boss Andre Villas-Boas has a clause in his contract that means he can leave for Barcelona if they come in for him.

The news comes after Barcelona confirmed at a press conference on Friday night that Tito Vilanova has stepped down as manager after his cancer returned. Vilanova bravely fought off the disease last season while continuing his role at the Nou Camp but the cancer has returned and he’s taken the decision to quit his managerial role altogether to concentrate on his recovery.

Upon hearing the news, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was quickly installed one of the front-runners for the vacant job and AS are claiming that the Portuguese coach has a specific clause in his contract that allows him to join Barcelona should the Spaniards pay a set fee of €14m, and there’s nothing Tottenham could do to stop him.

The newspaper suggest that Joan Francesc Ferrer, known as Rubi, will be installed in a caretaker role but it’s unlikely he’ll be given the job on a full-time basis due to his inexperience, and the Catalans are understood to have shortlisted AVB as well as Luis Enrique.

Villas-Boas remained coy when quizzed about reports linking him with the job after Tottenham’s 0-0 draw with Colchester on Friday night, insisting it wasn’t the time to be talking about speculation.

‘It’s a very difficult situation and all of my wishes are with Tito,’

‘If he has to resign for a situation of illness it’s not the moment to speak about any speculation whatsoever.

‘It’s not even a question, we are speaking about a person’s health.’ AVB is quoted as saying by the Mail.

With arguably the most desirable job in club football up for grabs, it would surely be a tempting prospect for Villas-Boas if the Spaniards come calling and if talk of a clause in his contract are accurate, it seems it’s a job he holds a serious interest in pursuing.

It looks like it could be a nervy few days or weeks ahead for Tottenham and chairman Daniel Levy will be praying he doesn’t receive a call from Barca anytime soon, as another managerial change this summer is one of the last things the club needs.

Are Tottenham fans worried? Do you believe this talk of a Barcelona release clause? Get involved in the comments section below.

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5 Comments

  1. Peter4Spurs

    July 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    So when levy was sitting down with AVB he invited the press as well to look at a private contract … this is the Spanish press, god they make ours look honest.

  2. Samwise

    July 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I really cannot believe that Daniel levy, as astute as he is, would allow such a clause – and why only E14m and why for Barca??? This is just the normal Spanish mischief, and I will be very surprised of it has the slightest of substance.

  3. Al Boy

    July 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    That’s odd.
    Because when the press were trying to unsettle AVB and Spurs last month, with similar stories about PSG and Real wanting him, the release clause was reported as €11.5m.

    I guess AVB has secretly signed a new contract since then, and Spurs felt the extra €2.5m would be enough to put the worlds richest clubs off.

    Just a heads up for any lazy journos, Spurs have never done release clauses for any players or managers, and I doubt they will any time soon.

  4. Ron

    July 20, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Your headline make out like this is fact when it is clearly the biggest load of bollocks. Why even waste time writing such rubbish ?

  5. balesdad

    July 21, 2013 at 4:10 am

    roll on deadline day so we can get past all of this bull and get back to football.(theres been no ear biting or contraversial stuff (suarez) and im getting bored)
    COYS

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