Tottenham Hotspur have made a key move behind the scenes in their recruitment department, with Fabrizio Romano confirming that chief scout Leonardo Gabbanini has left the club.
Leonardo Gabbanini Leaves Spurs Role
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Gabbanini was brought to the club by former director of football Fabio Paratici back in July 2022, tasked with the role of identifying players to suit then-manager Antonio Conte’s system, as well as young players for the academy.
The decision follows the confirmation that Scott Munn has now officially begun his role as Tottenham’s chief football officer. It had been hoped that Munn would take over back in July but was delayed due to a prolonged exit from his former role at City Football Group China.
One of Munn’s first tasks in London will be appointing a new sporting director to replace Paratici, who resigned back in April after losing an appeal against a 30-month ban from the game from FIFA. With Gabbanini leaving, it appears they are set for a significant shake-up of their recruitment department.
Gabbanini Played ‘Key’ Role During Summer Recruitment
The announcement that the 43-year-old has left comes as something of a surprise, as the Italian is said to have played a “key” role in Tottenham’s summer transfer dealings.
Working together with chairman Daniel Levy and manager Ange Postecoglou, Gabbanini helped the club bring in James Maddison, Guglielmo Vicario and Micky van de Ven – all of whom have played crucial roles for the north London side during their impressive start to the season.
Manor Solomon and Brennan Johnson also arrived under the Italian’s brief during the summer, whilst outcasts such as Harry Winks and Davinson Sanchez were sold for a combined £20 million. Despite some astute business in the transfer market, he is clearly not a part of the club’s plans moving forward as they continue to reshuffle behind the scenes.