The Brazilian will not be moving to White Hart Lane says Spalletti.
Tottenham Hotspur have hit trouble in their pursuit of Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk as the Brazilian’s manager Luciano Spallatti says the player will not be sold.
After missing out on fellow Brazil international Willian to Chelsea at the 11th hour, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas considered reuniting with Hulk.
The Portuguese coach managed the 27-year-old for a year whilst in charge at FC Porto and was hoping to tempt the South American from Russia.
However, Spalletti is not entertaining the idea and insists the attacker will be an integral part of the boss’ plans once recovered from injury.
“He is recovering rapidly. But the exact date, we can not tell you. He has exceptional muscle mass, it is difficult to predict anything,” the 54-year-old was quoted by goal.com.
“Let’s wait for the forecast of our doctors. And again, Hulk is not for sale.”
The transfer fee that the winger would have set Tottenham back would have been astronomical in any case, with Zenit having signed the star for £48m just 12 months ago.
It was thought that anything lower than £50m would not even be considered by the Russian club and as a result, Spurs may have struggled.
Hulk played for three years in Japan between 2005 and 2008 before moving to Porto and impressing enough for Zenit to get out their chequebook.
The forward has 28 caps for the Brazil national team and has scored six goals.
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