Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Arne Slot has agreed a new contract with Feyenoord during a meeting yesterday amid speculation he was set to become the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur.
Slot had appeared to be edging closer to replacing Antonio Conte at the helm at Tottenham, with Football Insider reporting on Monday that the negotiations were at an advanced stage and the deal could have been completed this week.
Romano recently confirmed that Slot’s representatives were expected to speak to the Feyenoord hierarchy over the coming hours to establish the conditions for the Dutchman to join Spurs, including the compensation fee that the North London club would be required to pay.
Interestingly, he added that while the 44-year-old is the clear frontrunner, other candidates’ names still remain on the Lilywhites’ wishlist.
Slot has this morning set the record straight by insisting that the scheduled talks which took place yesterday were purely to discuss his contract extension at the Eredivisie champions and had not held any talks about a move elsewhere.
He said as quoted by the BBC: “I have been hearing a lot of rumours going around about other interest in me,”
“Although I am thankful, my wish is to stay at Feyenoord and continue working on what we created last year.
“There is not – and there has not been – transfer conversation and yesterday’s meeting was exclusively for an extension. All talks with the club have always been only in that sense. Looking forward to next season with Feyenoord.”
Romano has now insisted that Slot will now put pen to paper on a new deal at Feyenoord and will not change his mind.
He said on Twitter: Arne Slot will sign a new contract at Feyenoord very soon. The agreement has been reached during yesterday’s meeting and it will be sealed soon.
“Slot decision won’t change. He’s set to stay and won’t join Tottenham.”
Spurs Web Opinion
We are quickly seeing a repeat of the 2021 managerial search when we ended up with Nuno Espirito Santo. Tottenham would be aware that they need to appoint a new head coach quickly so that they can finalise their plans for the summer transfer window, however, once again things are dragging on.
At this rate, I would expect to see a new sporting director confirmed before the appointment of a head coach.