Arne Slot has admitted that he has been speaking to clubs abroad over recent weeks but insisted that he had decided by Tuesday that he will remain at Feyenoord.
Until Thursday morning, it seemed like only a matter of time before Slot is announced as the next Tottenham head coach, with reports indicating until then that Feyenoord were resigned to losing their head coach to Spurs (Football Insider).
However, the Dutchman did a U-turn and announced yesterday that he will remain at De Kuip (Dan Kilpatrick), which came as a shock to Spurs fans.
Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan told talkSPORT yesterday that although Slot had his heart set on a move to North London, Feyenoord decided to dig their heels in to ensure he stays.
He suggested that the Eredivisie Champions were demanding £20m in compensation for the 44-year-old and his assistants, which Tottenham refused to pay.
Slot has now revealed that he did speak to an overseas club but insisted that the team in question never made a formal approach to Feyenoord.
When asked which club spoke to, he said in his press conference (via the Dutch club’s official YouTubechannel): “I won’t name them out of respect for them.
“Dennis te Kloese [Feyenoord director] deserves credit for everything he’s doing for the club, but the only person responsible for staying here is me. I never had an agreement with any club, no club officially reported their interest to Feyenoord.”
Earlier today, Feyenoord confirmed that Slot has signed a new contract until 2026
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It seems like the deal was perhaps not as advanced as some reports were suggesting over the last few days if it is true that Tottenham did not even open talks with Feyenoord.
It sounds by all accounts as if Spurs wanted Slot’s representatives to negotiate a reasonable compensation, which they failed to do.
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