Danny Mills has insisted incoming director of football Fabio Paratici will have an “incredibly important” role to play at Tottenham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender claimed Paratici will do a similar job to what Sir Alex Ferguson did at Manchester United.

The Athletic reported on Friday June 4 the Italian is set to join Spurs after leaving Juventus this summer.

The 48-year-old spent 11 trophy-laden years in various executive roles at the Italian giants.

“I’ve said for many years that sporting directors are absolutely key,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“It’s vitally important that if you’ve got an owner who doesn’t quite know football in this country as well as they should.

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“That’s what is incredibly important. You need those people to understand football, understand business and bridge that gap.

“It’s one of the most crucial roles of all time. It is so, so important.

“With that pedigree, Spurs are trying to be a top, top club. Franco Baldini has been in there and done a decent job.

“It’s such an important role, it’s absolutely crucial. The modern-day sporting director is what the old school manager was. In terms of overseeing recruitment, making sure all the right things are putting in place, dealing with the board.

“It’s what Sir Alex Ferguson did back in his day.”

Spurs have been without a director of football with Steve Hitchen serving as the club’s head of recruitment.

The move to appoint Paratici sees Daniel Levy return to a two-tier system.

In other news, Tottenham have made up their minds on signing a Premier League centre-back as a “huge” offer is readied.