Andre Villas-Boas claims he rejected an approach from Paris Saint-Germain while manager of Tottenham, a move he claims he now regrets.
Villas-Boas spent just over a year at Spurs, finishing fifth in 2012-13, inspired by the brilliant displays of Gareth Bale.
Bale joined Real Madrid after the conclusion of the campaign, for a then-world record £86 million, and Spurs struggled thereafter.
Spurs were eighth when chairman Daniel Levy wielded his axe to sack Villas-Boas, with his last game coming at White Hart Lane; a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool. The club were also beaten 6-0 by Manchester City prior to the Portuguese leaving the club.
However, he claims that PSG were interested in securing his services prior to his downfall in north London.
“The first season was magnificent in all aspects. We had a ‘short’ squad in terms of depth, but a great spirit and so much will,” he told A Bola.
“We picked up the most points in Spurs’ history with an incredible Bale who played behind Adebayor where he was free to move, but also with Lennon and Walker who allowed us to have a good counter-attacking 4-4-2.
“I got an offer from Paris Saint-Germain, who wanted me, but I said no out of love for Tottenham. Maybe that was a mistake.”
Villas-Boas has also criticised Spurs’ board for failing to back him properly in the transfer window prior to the 2013-14 season.
Tottenham signed seven players following Bale’s departure, recruiting Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue, but Villas-Boas believes that the deals “destroyed” the club.
He added: “In April, we started planning for the next season.
“I offered some names to buy and sell, but during the transfer window, the board didn’t listen and quickly destroyed everything we’d created.”
Villas-Boas has since managed Zenit in Russia and Shanghai SIPG.