Damiao happy to stay in Brazil

Leandro Damiao has thanked Tottenham for their interest in him but insists that he is happy to remain at Internacional.

Last Updated: 04/02/13 at 08:51 Post Comment

Leandro Damiao: Thanks Tottenham for their interest in him

Leandro Damiao: Thanks Tottenham for their interest in him

The 23-year-old striker has been linked with a move to England for more than a couple of years, with Tottenham long tipped to secure his signature.

They again tried in January but were unable to secure a deal for the Brazil international.

"[Internacional's] president Giovanni Luigi knows I always wanted to stay at Internacional, regardless of any offers that could come," he told Correio do Povo.

"I certainly thank Tottenham [for their interest], they are a big club in Europe, but my focus is on Inter.

"I hope to help Inter for a long time, I have a long contract and I am very happy and focused."

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas said on Sunday that it was the complicated nature of Damiao's ownership, with his former club Atletico Ibirama still owning a percentage of him, that made it difficult to finalise a deal.

"It wasn't something we just did on the last day of the window. Third party ownership makes it difficult to do," he insisted.

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