Former Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has offered a critical assessment of Tottenham Hotspur’s new managing director of football, Fabio Paratici.
Paratici spent eleven years at Juventus in a number of different roles, including chief football officer.
Juventus revealed in early June that they had taken the decision not to renew his contract in Turin, with Daniel Levy wasting no time in bringing him to North London as part of his restructuring process and the first time he would have worked with someone in a sporting director role since Damien Comolli was at the club.
Paratici was responsible for the recruitment of a number of high-profile players on free transfers including Andrea Pirlo, Aaron Ramsey and Paul Pogba while also securing the services of Matthijs de Ligt and Federico Chiesa (Forbes).
Some of Paratici’s dealings have not gone down well with Gigli, who insisted that he hoped Federico Cherubini, who had been promoted internally to replace the 48-year-old would have learned more from former chief Giuseppe Marotta.
He told TuttoJuve: “I hope that Cherubini has learned more from Marotta than from Paratici: his free transfer and capital gains policy has not proved to be profitable: it is no coincidence that he was removed. I do not know Cherubini: I hope he can work well.”
Paratici has a huge responsibility on his shoulders at Spurs having campaigned for the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo and will head up the club’s transfer activity this summer as part of the rebuiling process. He has the perfect opportunity to silence the doubters, including the opinion of Gigli.
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