Arne Slot signs a new long-term contract with Dutch champions Feyenoord just 24 hours after snubbing a move to Tottenham, with the north London club still in search of a new boss
- Arne Slot signs new deal with Feyenoord after snubbing Tottenham vacancy
- Slot have won the Eredivisie title this season and a new contract runs until 2026
- Tottenham can now look to Ange Postecoglou or Roberto De Zerbi as their next boss
Arne Slot has signed a new long-term contract with Dutch champions Feyenoord which will keep him at the club until 2026.
The Dutchman had held exploratory talks with Tottenham over a move to bring Slot to the Premier League next season, with the north London club still without a long-term replacement for Antonio Conte.
Slot, along with his agent Rafaela Pimenta, met with Feyenoord chiefs on Wednesday for crucial talks over his future, subsequently signing the new long-term deal.
The 44-year-old led Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title this season, was a favorite for the vacant Spurs job, but ruled himself out this week – pledging to stay and continue his journey to Rotterdam.
Slot said on Wednesday, “I heard a lot of rumors about another interest in me,” Slot said.
Arne Slot has signed a new contract with Feyenoord after excluding himself from Spurs job
Daniel Levy must now turn to other targets as he seeks to appoint a new manager for next year
“Although I am grateful, my wish is to stay at Feyenoord and continue to work on what we created last year.
“There is not – and there was not – a transfer conversation and yesterday’s meeting was exclusively for an extension.” All discussions with the club have always been only in this direction. Looking forward to next season with Feyenoord.
Slot was appointed manager of the Dutch side in December 2020, having left his first managerial position with AZ Alkmaar.
The Dutchman joins former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann and Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso in dropping out of the Spurs job race.
Ryan Mason is currently in temporary charge of Spurs until the end of the season
Spurs could look to Ange Postecoglou as their next target to take over as manager next season
Cristian Stellini initially took charge of the first team following Conte’s departure, but was quickly removed from the role following Tottenham’s 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Newcastle in April.
Ryan Mason has temporarily taken over as caretaker boss, but only until the end of the season, leaving Spurs still in search of a permanent replacement for their former Italian boss.
The club are reportedly keen on Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi after guiding the Seagulls into the Europa League, while Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou and Luis Enrique are believed to still be within the scope of the job.
Tottenham end their disappointing season at Leeds on Sunday, looking to improve on Aston Villa’s result so they can secure a place in the Europa Conference League next season.