In January, Tottenham needed a new centre-back and eventually got the man they wanted when they signed Radu Dragusin from Genoa.

The Romania international was having a good season with the Serie A club, and while they weren’t overly keen on letting him go, they eventually gave the green light for the move to go through for a good reason.

That’s according to Genoa’s sporting director Marco Ottolini, who spoke to TuttoMercatoWeb at the TransferRoom event in Rome about the decision to sell the centre-back to Tottenham.

He said: “In January and still to this day, we are aiming for certain goals. We knew that we would have to choose to sacrifice a player by looking for the lesser evil. Offers came in for Radu. We stay down and reasoned among ourselves, and in the end it happened like this.”

Dragusin got his first start for Tottenham at the weekend in the 3-0 loss against Fulham, having previously only appeared from the bench under Ange Postecoglou since his arrival.

He is now with Romania national team for the international break, as they prepare their appearance at this summer’s Euros.

Dragusin will now be aiming to get some more minutes under his belt at Tottenham before the tournament, although the general feeling is that, barring an injury, his spot in Edward Iordanescu’s squad is safe regardless of what happens.