Report: Spurs prepare formal approach to league winners to speak to manager

Tottenham Hotspur are readying an approach to Feyenoord for their manager Arne Slot, according to The Athletic.

The 44-year-old has moved up to become Tottenham’s first choice candidate to replace Antonio Conte ahead of Luis Enrique and Roberto de Zerbi.

Conte left Tottenham in late March and was soon followed out of the door by compatriots Cristian Stellini and Fabio Paratici.

Stellini was initially given the responsibility to see out the season as interim head coach but was dismissed in the wake of Tottenham’s 6-1 thrashing at Newcastle United and was replaced by Ryan Mason, who has also struggled in the role with just one win to his name in the four matches Premier League matches he has taken charge of.

Feyenoord general manager Dennis te Kloese revealed over the weekend that they are yet to receive any contact from Tottenham for Slot and insisted the Dutch giants want him to remain in charge for their return to the Champions League next season.

He told ESPN Netherlands: “[Slot] still has a contract for two years. That has been said before and we have not been approached by any club.

“It is up to Arne to say something about that [his future]. But for us there is no ambiguity about it. We assume that he will remain the trainer of Feyenoord.

“He has a contract for two more years and this summer there is no release-clause in his contract, so we can say no if we want. And we have quite a good story here as well. Champions League next year, a lot of new players were signed last summer and they proved real good players in this team and their contracts also run for quite some years to come. So we have something here to look forward to.”

Arne Slot
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The report claims that Tottenham have been seeking a candidate who can make big changes and a return to their high-energy style of play which has been missing since the departure of Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham decided not to approach Pochettino over a potential return to north London, with the Argentine on the verge of being confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager.

Feyenoord wrapped up only their second Dutch Eredivisie title of the century earlier this month under the leadership of Slot.

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