Arne Slot snubs Tottenham to stay at Feyenoord as Spurs deal blow in search of new manager


Ottenham target Arne Slot has said he wants to stay at Feyenoord and has revealed he is in talks with the Eredivisie champions over a contract extension.

Slot, 44, emerged as the favorite to succeed Antonio Conte as Spurs’ new head coach and had hinted at an interest in the job.

His agent, Rafaela Pimenta, held talks with the Dutch club on Wednesday, amid speculation she was pushing Feyenoord to allow Slot to leave.

But the Dutchman said on Thursday he wanted to stay at De Kuip and revealed the meeting was to extend his contract, which has two years left.

Staying put: Tottenham manager Arne Slot’s key target now stays with Feyenoord

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Slot said: “I’ve heard a lot of rumors about other clubs being interested in me. While I’m grateful, my wish is to stay at Feynoord and continue to work on what we created last year last.

“There is not – and there was not – a transfer conversation and yesterday’s meeting was exclusively for an extension. All discussions with the club have always been only in this direction. I have looking forward to next season with Feyenoord.”

The news will come as a blow to Spurs, who have insisted they have no intention of speaking to unemployed Julian Nagelsmann and have not approached former manager Mauricio Pochettino over a meeting. The Argentinian is on the verge of joining Chelsea instead.

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