Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Arne Slot, after his assistant insisted he will not be leaving Feyenoord this summer.

The North London side are on the hunt for a new permanent manager after parting ways with Antonio Conte at the end of March.

Arne Slot

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Since then, Conte’s assistant Cristian Stellini lasted just four games as interim manager. Ryan Mason is now Acting Head Coach at Spurs until the end of the season.

Multiple names have been linked with the vacant post, including the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Xabi Alonso, though both of those have seemingly been ruled out in the past week (Evening Standard and BILD Leverkusen).

On May 17, the Telegraph claimed Tottenham were stepping up their interest in Arne Slot and that Feyenoord were preparing for the possibility of the coach leaving this summer.

However, things just got a little bit more complicated, as Slot’s trusted assistant John de Wolf has told NPO’s Taxi Castricum show that he is personally going nowhere.

He said: “We haven’t talked about that at all.

“I once said [to Slot] in the early stages, don’t listen to any other club in the Netherlands anyway.”

When asked what he would do if Slot were to join Tottenham Hotspur, de Wolf simply said: “I would wish him good luck [at Spurs].

“But this is my club, this is where I belong, this is my home.

“I still get goosebumps every day when I drive over the bridge [to training].”

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Arne Slot could of course still join Tottenham without his assistant, but it becomes far less likely that he would be open to the offer now.

After building great success at Feyenoord, it’s hard to imagine a manager moving on without the coaching team he has around him.

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