Fabio Paratici breaks silence as Tottenham confirm appointment

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Fabio Paratici has revealed that he is ‘thrilled’ to be joining Tottenham after the north London club announced his arrival on Saturday afternoon. The 48-year-old, who left his post at Juventus in May, has assumed the role of Managing Director, Football and will lead sporting operations at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Paratici has been widely expected to join Spurs for a number of weeks, with Daniel Levy looking to engineer a summer rebuild ahead of the new campaign.

His first task will be to appoint a new manager, with former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca reportedly in advanced talks over the vacancy that was opened up by Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in April.

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Paratici spoke of his delight as his appointment was confirmed on Saturday, claiming that he is grateful for the opportunity to work his magic at another top European club.

“I am thrilled by this fantastic opportunity and I thank the Club and the Chairman for the trust in me,” he told Tottenham’s official website.

“Tottenham is one of the top clubs in the UK and in Europe with an ambitious long-term plan. I will dedicate all myself to this new venture and look forward to working with the management team to write a new and hopefully successful chapter in the Club history.”

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The Italy native, who spent 11 successful years with Juventus before his departure earlier this year, will begin his new role in an official capacity on July 1.

Spurs chairman Levy also expressed his optimism for the future after capturing the services of Paratici, highlighting the latter’s stunning track record from his spells with the Old Lady and Sampdoria.

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“I’ve known Fabio for a number of years and he brings with him a wealth of experience in scouting, youth and football operations,” said Levy.

“He has an outstanding track record in assembling competitive squads. As we all know, Juventus have been a highly successful club and he has been a major part of that.

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“He will be a great addition to the management structure. I am delighted that he will be heading up the football side of the Club as we look ahead to next season.”

Paratici began his career in football as a player, progressing through the youth ranks at Piacenza before making his senior debut for the club in 1989.

He went on to play for twelve other Italian sides before calling time on his 15-year spell as a professional in 2004.

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The man from Borgonovo Val Tidone promptly joined Sampdoria as the club’s Scouting Manager, and was promoted to Head of the Technical Area a few years later. 

Paratici was later appointed Technical Area Coordinator at Juventus in 2010 and took responsiblity for the scouting structure, academy and the delivery of Juventus’ under-23 and women’s sides in 2011.

During his time in Turin, the Serie A giants won no less than 19 trophies including nine Scudettos and and five Coppa Italia titles.

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Juventus and Paratici eventually parted ways in May of this year after it was decided that his contract at the club would not be renewed.

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