Spanish publication El Confidencial have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur offered Julen Lopetegui a higher salary than he has earned at any job in his managerial career.
Tottenham’s managerial pursuit has dragged on endlessly since Jose Mourinho’s sacking two months ago, with the club holding talks with a whole host of different names.
Lopetegui was not as heavily linked as the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and Paulo Fonseca were to the vacancy but if reports are to be believed, Tottenham’s approach for the Spanish coach was not any less serious.
Duncan Castles was the first one to reveal (on The Transfer Window Podcast – starting at 3:58) that Tottenham made significant progress in their pursuit of Lopetegui, even agreeing on terms with Sevilla to release the 54-year-old, only for him to reject the club’s approach for personal reasons.
El Confidencial now explain that the Sevilla boss received the offer of his life, with Tottenham willing to offer him a much higher salary than the one he is earning at Sevilla or the ones he earned at Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.
The North London club had reportedly identified the Spaniard as the ideal candidate to help take Spurs forward.
However, it is explained that Lopetegui rejected Tottenham’s offer out of a sense of loyalty for the Sevilla hierarchy, who appointed him back in 2019 despite him not being a popular choice with the fans.
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Lopetegui would certainly have fit the free-flowing, attacking model promised by Levy, better than the likes of Gattuso or Conte would have. However, the appointment would have been risky given his lack of experience in the Premier League. We have seen other managers, like Unai Emery and Javi Gracia, struggle to replicate their La Liga success, in English football.
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