Tottenham Announces Chief Scout Departure Amidst Restructuring, Son Heung-Min Nearing Contract Extension

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BURNLEY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 2: Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal to make the score 5-1 during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on September 2, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Ryan Jenkinson/MB Media/Getty Images)

Tottenham have parted ways with top scout Leonardo Gabbanini as part of a reorganisation, according to talkSPORT.

Gabbanini was hired by Fabio Paratici, the former director of football, and took the lead in their summer recruiting.

Following his tenure as Fiorentina’s head of academy coaching, the 43-year-old Italian worked at Watford and Udinese.

While Paratici left Spurs earlier this year, Gabbanini remained, continuing his duties under new manager Ange Postecoglou.

Summer acquisitions James Maddison, Guglielmo Vicario, Ashley Phillips, Micky van der Ven, Manor Solomon, Alejo Veliz, and Brennan Johnson were all chosen by the former top scout.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has undergone changes since Paratici’s departure. Scott Munn has recently been brought in as the club’s new chief football officer, with the director of football and chief scout roles in need of being fulfilled.

Spurs are also planning to use Son’s option to extend his contract until 2026 in order to avoid him running out of time, according to talkSPORT.

The 31-year-old is in his eighth season with the north London side and has less than 18 months left on his current contract, which expires in 2025.

Son was just chosen captain, succeeding Hugo Lloris, and he remains an important player at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The South Korean international scored three goals in Tottenham’s 5-2 triumph against Burnley earlier this month.

“Everyone knows he’s a fantastic footballer, but he’s also just a brilliant human being,” Postecoglou stated recently.

“For any type of manager, when you’re looking for leaders in a group and they’re all different types, first and foremost, what kind of person are they?”

“Obviously, I’ve known Sonny for a long time, even before I joined the club, because being from that part of the world myself and working in Asia, and the exposure I had to his standing in the community there, you can tell he was respected.”

“Whether it was teammates or opponents, everyone praised him.” “I believe he was the ideal embodiment.”

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