Tottenham’s rumoured managerial target, Ruben Amorim, has admitted that he has spoken to other clubs but insisted that he is determined to stay at Sporting Lisbon.
Multiple Portuguese outlets have reported over the last few weeks that Amorim is one of the contenders to replace Antonio Conte at Tottenham (Correio da Manha).
The 38-year-old reportedly has a £17.7m release clause in his current contract, which drops to £13.2m at the end of the current season (The Guardian).
Since Graham Potter’s departure from Chelsea, it has been suggested that the Portuguese coach is also a contender to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Football Insider claimed on Tuesday that the Sporting boss impressed the Chelsea hierarchy when they interviewed him last Autumn before they hired Graham Potter.
The publication added that Amorim is ‘one to watch’ out for in the race for the Chelsea hot seat, even though he is not the club’s number-one choice at the moment.
When asked about the Tottenham and Chelsea vacancies, the Portuguese coach has now declared that he remains happy at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.
He said (via A Bola): “I really like being here, I’ve seen many coaches move to other championships and they weren’t happier.
“This is an important factor. I’m not looking for anything, I value what I have and not what is said.
“I’ve had contact with other clubs, Sporting knows, but I want to stay.
“If I have to leave, either because I’ve been pushed by white handkerchiefs or because I’ve gone to another club, it will happen naturally. I won’t be the one to open the door, Sporting deserves respect.
“If I have to go, I will. If I want to go, I tell the president, Hugo Viana, and I will, but I already said: I want to fulfil the contract.
“I have very clear objectives for what I want to do. Anyone who wants me will have to pay the clause because that’s my way of doing things.”
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Despite all the speculation regarding Amorim over recent weeks, I do not think he is likely to be the preferred candidate for either Chelsea or Spurs.
The 38-year-old probably has to prove himself in a bigger league before being a serious contender for a top-six job.
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