August 3, 2021

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Tottenham: Julen Lopetegui rejects ‘dizzying’ offer to become new boss, Sevilla president says | Football News

Tottenham have failed with a “dizzying” offer to make Julen Lopetegui their new head coach, according to Sevilla president Jose Castro.

Spurs’ managerial search is now in a third month as they seek a successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on April 19 following a poor run of form.

The north Londoners have have been unable to secure an appointment despite holding talks with candidates including Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso.

Incoming football managing director Fabio Paratici, who has already started work, is understood to have contacted Lopetegui after he guided Sevilla to Champions League qualification next season with a fourth-placed finish in La Liga.

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Tottenham have ended talks with Gennaro Gattuso

But the Spaniard, who signed a contract extension this year, would prefer to stay in Andalusia.

In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER, which was published on Sevilla’s official website, Castro said: “Julen rang me and told me. He said he’d 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.



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Football Daily’s Chris Hamill and Sky Sports News’ Michael Bridge discuss Harry Kane’s situation at Tottenham after Manchester City tabled a £100m bid for the forward.

“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.”

Tottenham’s players who are not involved in Euro 2020 are set to report back for pre-season training on July 5, with backroom staff due to take fitness sessions if a new manager is not appointed.

Man City bid £100m for Kane

Manchester City have made a £100m bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.



Harry Kane shows the strain during Tottenham's defeat to Aston Villa








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Michael Brown says Tottenham are in a difficult situation with the possibility of losing Kane and their failure to find a new manager.

City are open to including players in addition to the cash offer, but Tottenham are expected to reject the bid. Sky Sports News exclusively reported last month that Kane had told Spurs he wanted to leave this summer with Man City, Manchester United and Chelsea interested.

The England captain is said to be fully focused on the Euros, with a decision on his club future not expected before the conclusion of the tournament.

Kane is valued at upwards of £120m and Tottenham are keen to keep him despite the 27-year-old believing he has a gentleman’s agreement with Daniel Levy.

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