Roma general manager Franco Baldini will stay with the club despite Tottenham’s attempts to land the Italian in a technical director role.
Fabio Capello’s former deputy with England 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 they can lure the Italian to North London next year.
“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.
“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 (Claudio) Fenucci, nor (Walter) Sabatini, nor (Mauro) Baldissoni 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.”