Oliver Glasner, who has been mooted as a target for Tottenham, has said that he will not sign a new contract with Eintracht Frankfurt until the club offer him clarity on the project moving forward.
Glasner’s reputation blossomed when he guided Frankfurt to Europa League glory last season but the Bundesliga side have struggled to pick up consistent results over the last couple of months.
Although it was initially suggested by some sources last month that the 48-year-old is on Spurs’ radar to replace Antonio Conte (Fabrizio Romano –YouTube channel), the speculation linking the Austrian to the North London club has died down over the last couple of weeks.
Some German outlets have reported over the last few weeks that Glasner is expected to leave Deutsche Bank Park this summer as Frankfurt’s attempts to tie him down have been unsuccessful (Sky Germany).
Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg revealed a couple of days ago that the German club are already contacting Glasner’s potential replacements as he remains ‘hesitant’ to sign a new deal.
The former Wolfsburg boss has now explained why he has not put pen to paper on a new contract, remarking that the Bundesliga club’s hierarchy have not been clear about the future direction.
Glasner said (via Bild): “If I were really selfish, I would extend the contract immediately, collect more money and have an exit clause written into it, and get more severance pay if I were then fired.
“But that’s exactly what I won’t do! It has nothing to do with delaying, selfishness of playing a game of poker.
“When I commit to an employer and the project, I want to know where the journey is going, and not everything is clear at the moment.
“There are a lot of questions mark in every club right now. Players whose contracts are expiring and do not want to renew, or who the club no longer wants to keep. As well as option the club have to replace them.
“It’s not done in five minutes.”
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It now seems quite clear that Glasner and Frankfurt will part ways at the end of the season but it is also evident that the Austrian is not anywhere near the top of Tottenham’s wishlist, with the likes of Nagelsmann, Enrique Slot and Kompany seemingly being preferred by the North London club.
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