After snubbing the chance to become the next Tottenham Hotspur manager, Arne Slot has now stated his intention to prevent his club captain Orkun Kokcu from leaving Feyenoord for the North London club.
Arne Slot was considered the frontrunner for the vacancy at Tottenham, but the move failed to materialise and the Dutchman ended up confirming he would be staying with his current club (Dan Kilpatrick).
The 44-year-old won the Eredivisie title with Feyenoord this season and will now lead the club into the Champions League next season.
Orkun Kokcu was the subject of interest from Tottenham, who were keen to complete a double swoop for Feyenoord’s manager and captain according to Algemeen Dagblad (23/05/23 as relayed by Sport Witness).
While Slot is now off the table, there is still a chance Spurs could make a move for the Turkish midfielder, but his manager is not about to let that happen it seems.
Speaking to the Dutch media today (via 1908), Slot said: “I don’t know if you should ask me that question or that can change. You’ll have to put that to him.
“You say, ‘We assume he’s going.’ That’s what you thought of me too and that turned out not to be true either. Orkun is a great player, he can handle a higher level of quality.
“But yes, we will also be active at a higher level as Feyenoord. At least in Europe. So a great opportunity for him as well. Yes, I will do everything I can to try to keep him, that seems clear to me.”
Spurs Web Opinion
If Slot had come to Spurs I think the Kokcu move would have been a no-brainer, but there’s no chance he is coming to us now without his manager.
He has Champions League football to look forward to now, so why would he leave all that behind to join a club in disarray?
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