Spurs failed in their deadline-day move for their long-term target, and while the 23-year-old is flattered by their interest he hopes to stay in Brazil for the foreseeable future.
Damiao, who has been capped 14 times by Brazil, has been a long-term target for the Premier League outfit with failed attempts to capture his signature dating back to 2011. The 23-year-old insists he aims to remain at Internacional "for a long time," though, despite another bid from Tottenham for his services prior to the close of the January transfer window.
"[Internacional's] president Giovanni Luigi knows I always wanted to stay at Internacional, regardless of any offers that could come," Damiao told Brazilian newspaper 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."
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas admitted shortly after the January transfer deadline that a summer move for Damiao was improbable with the North London club’s interest in the striker “probably finished.”
“Could it [a deal for Damiao] happen in the summer? No I don’t think so, it’s probably finished now," Villas-Boas told reporters. “The player has been linked recently with Spurs, we’ve made it public before that it’s a player that we chase, but we couldn’t agree on the full conditions so we’ve moved on.”