Baldini pledges Roma stay amid Tottenham interest

The Italian general manager reaffirms his commitment to the club at a press conference, though Spurs remain keen to recruit the former England coach to aid Andre Villas-Boas
Roma general manager Franco Baldini has reaffirmed his commitment to the club following Tottenham's attempts to land the Italian in a technical director role at White Hart Lane.

As exclusively revealed in September, Fabio Capello's former England No.2 was a leading candidate to head a restructure of Spurs' recruitment operation.

But, as expected, the 51-year-old has distanced himself from the role, though Spurs remain hopeful that they can lure the Italian to North London next summer.

"It is a ritual that every two-three months I have to come here to explain things that do not need to be explained," Baldini said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

"There are continuous rumours regarding my departure and other things. This is mortifying. I said when I arrived that I would stay in Rome until the end of this club path or when they would tell me to go away.

"And this has never happened, in fact the club always confirmed their confidence in me. I would leave in the event of physical exhaustion, but despite your efforts that is far from happening.

"I say again, this is humiliating. I have no disagreement with the club and we have built a pretty strong friendship, maybe because we spend 15 hours a day together.

"I want to reiterate that neither Fenucci, nor Sabatini, nor Baldissioni nor myself have ever had any problems. All that has been said is completely false. Even with my last bit of strength I will defend this club."