Tottenham chief Levy told manager high up on his shortlist ‘would accept offer’

Head coach Antonio Conte leaves Tottenham by mutual consent

Ibrahim Afellay believes Feyenoord boss Arne Slot will happily fill the managerial vacancy at Tottenham if an approach is made for him. Slot recently sealed the Eredivisie title for Feyenoord in just his third season in charge but could be tempted away from Holland by the allure of managing in the Premier League.

Although Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is adamant, they don’t have a top target for Antonio Conte’s replacement, Slot is understood to be in consideration for the job. According to the Daily Mail, Feyenoord want to offer Slot a new contract following an exceptional campaign in charge and are willing to offer a deal worth £2.5million a year to keep him on their books.

But Slot, who would cost £6m in compensation, could earn even more at Spurs and Afellay claims it’s the right move after reaching his ‘maximum’ with Feyenoord.

“If that club applies, you have to be a big boy to refuse,” The former Barcelona midfielder told Studio Voetbal, via Feyenoord Pings.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes then. Tottenham Hotspur is a great club, very different from Southampton or Aston Villa. At Feyenoord, Slot reached the maximum, he got more out than in. Do you expect him to reach the Champions League final next year?”

It was initially thought that Julian Nagelsmann would be the frontrunner for the Tottenham job, but recent reports suggest that he is now out of the running. As per The Sun, Spurs executives affirmed that they had not met with the ex-Bayern boss, nor did they intend to.

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A source close to the North Londoners maintains that the club has “great respect” for Nagelsmann but aren’t interested in bringing him on board. Roma’s Tiago Pinto is among those in consideration, while Eintracht Frankfurt’s Markus Krosche is viewed as an outsider, as is Johannes Spors.

Brentford’s Lee Dykes has been ruled out of the race and so has Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso, who told BILD: “I’m very happy with the team and with the club. I don’t worry about my future. I have full focus on what I want, and I’ve discussed it with everyone who needs to know.”

When asked by whether he would stay in charge of Leverkusen until at least 2024, Alonso replied: “Yes, that’s correct.” That has put rumours that he was considering the Tottenham vacancy firmly to bed.

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