Julen Lopetegui rejects 'dizzying' Spurs offer as managerial search continues

Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui rejected a ‘dizzying’ offer from Tottenham to remain at the Spanish club, according to their president Jose Castro.

Spurs are continuing their search for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked from his position two months ago.

The North London club have been hugely frustrated in their pursuit of a new boss, with talks breaking down with multiple coaches in recent weeks.

It was thought that Paulo Fonseca was set to be appointed following his exit from Roma, but the move broke down in the latter stages of negotiations.

Lopetegui won the Europa League with Sevilla in 2020
Lopetegui won the Europa League with Sevilla in 2020

Spurs then turned to Gennaro Gattuso – who had left Fiorentina mere weeks after his appointment – but later pulled the plug on any move, with fans voicing their discomfort with previous comments the Italian had made in relation to racism and sexism in football.

That followed on from the club’s failed efforts to structure a sensational return for their former boss Mauricio Pochettino, who remains at Paris Saint-Germain, along with Antonio Conte – who walked out on Inter after guiding them to their first Serie A title in 11 years.

Tottenham’s search initially began with Julian Nagelsmann – who instead agreed to take over at Bayern Munich having left RB Leipzig – while his Bayern predecessor Hansi Flick, who has since agreed to take the position as German national team boss, was also a target.

Fabio Paratici, who has arrived as football managing director after departing Juventus – is thought to have led the move for Lopetegui, who has led Sevilla to successive top four finishes in La Liga and guided them to last year’s Europa League title.

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Lopetegui has revived his fortunes since his tormented 2018, when he was sacked as Spain boss two days before their World Cup campaign got underway – having agreed to take over at Real Madrid without the knowledge of the Spanish FA.

It turned out to be a disastrous decision from Lopetegui, who was subsequently sacked by Madrid just two months into the season – before his appointment at Sevilla in the summer of 2019.

Castro told an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena Ser: “Julen rang me and told me. He said he had received offers he’d not listened to in addition to a dizzying one from Tottenham.

“But he said he doesn’t forget things and that he is very motivated here. We believed and believe in him, giving him a two-year contract extension, and I’m sure he will bring much more to the club.

“You see his ability and leadership every day. Some coaches are more driven by economic factors but Julen is very clear that he is happy here and he even said it would be very difficult to find a better place to work than here.”

Lopetegui’s Sevilla reached the Champions League knockout stages last year and will be competing in the competition again this coming season.


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