Spurs have been intensely linked with a swoop for the Internacional forward in recent weeks, and Emmanuel Adebayor’s departure to the Africa Cup of Nations has fuelled speculation claiming the 23-year-old is set to join the north Londoners.
But manager Villas-Boas dismissed the reports at his weekly news briefing, insisting that it is “unlikely” the Premier League outfit will land the Brazilian.
“Leandro is a player we’ve always appreciated, that this club appreciated before I arrived, but it’s extremely difficult that he’s going to join Tottenham,” said Villas-Boas.
“He’s a player that is highly rated in the market, and it’s unlikely that he will play for Tottenham.”
Villas-Boas also insisted Spurs will be able to cope with the absence of Adebayor over the coming weeks after the Togo striker reversed his decision to retire from international football.
He added: “We’ve been happy with the team – we’ve been in this situation before when Ade was injured and I think we are able to cope with it.”
Tottenham travel to Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
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