Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Kevin Phillips has heaped praise on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as the club close in on appointing Fabio Paratici as their new director of football.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England striker claimed Paratici, 48, will be the “middle man” between Levy and the next manager and suggested he would take Spurs “to the next level”.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham have reached an agreement with Paratici and he is expected to sign a contract to become the club’s new director football next week.

The Italian left his role as sporting director of Juventus last month after winning 19 trophies in 11 seasons in Turin.

Phillips claimed the appointment would represent a seismic shift in approach from Spurs.

“It represents a big change at Spurs,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“I thought it was going to be a condition of the Antonio Conte appointment but it doesn’t seem that way now.

“Let’s be honest, Daniel Levy has done a fabulous job there and he has done so much for the club but maybe he has got to the point now where he recognises that he needs somebody else in.

“Paratici could be the man to take Spurs to the next level on the field. He can be the middle man between the new manager and Levy.

“We have seen it work to great success at other clubs and perhaps now Levy recognises that this is the best route for Tottenham to take.”

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