Xabi Alonso has confirmed he will stay on and manage Bayer Leverkusen next season.
Spurs are on the look for their next head coach and the legend was a potential candidate to succeed as their new permanent manager after impressing in his first full-time managerial role.
While Spurs had reportedly earmarked the 41-year-old as one of their main targets and are prepared to pay his release from the club, there were concerns over his lack of experience.
However, Alonso has announced that he is happy at the BayArena and confirmed he will be their manager next season.
‘I’m happy here with the team and the club,’ Alonso told BILD.’I’m not worried about my future.’
Xabi Alonso has ruled himself out of the running to become Tottenham’s new manager
Spurs are currently without a permanent manager after a turbulent 2022-23 campaign so far
When asked if he would be in charge of Leverkusen next season, Alonso replied: ‘That’s correct.’
It’s a blow for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who has been searching for a new manager for several months now since sacking Conte.
Mail Sport understands Feyenoord manager Arne Slot is emerging as a strong candidate after it
Tottenham are adamant there is not a top target, but Slot is high in the thoughts of the Spurs hierarchy.
that Feyenoord want to offer Slot a new contract worth in the region of £2.5million a year to tie their highly rated coach down.
Slot, who would cost £6m in compensation,
Tottenham are exploring their interest in Feyenoord boss Arne Slot (left) as Daniel Levy (right) continues to search for a new head coach after Antonio Conte was dismissed back in March
Spurs turning their attentions to Slot comes after Spurs sources claimed the club would not be looking to formalise their initial interest in Nagelsmann.
It is claimed that Tottenham have ‘great respect’ for the German coach but they currently have no plans to move forward with their interest.
However, it was indicated to Mail Sport on Friday night that Nagelsmann was not convinced by the direction the club intended to head this summer and has decided to withdraw.
, with Nagelsmann likely to be an outsider for the post in the event of
Having appointed Scott Munn to the position as chief football officer, pastislotqq Daniel Levy also wants a new sporting director in place ahead of the summer transfer window.
Previous sporting director Fabio Paratici left the club last month after his appeal against a worldwide football ban for alleged irregular financial practices during his time working for Juventus failed.
Slot has earned plenty of admirers for his impressive work with the Dutch side this season
Paratici’s replacement will report to Munn, who will start work later this summer.
Tottenham are interested inas chairman Daniel Levy looks to for the club’s next sporting director.
As we revealed last week, Roma’s Tiago Pinto is a contender for the role, while Eintracht Frankfurt’s Markus Krosche has also been discussed but is viewed as an outsider, as is Johannes Spors.
Brentford’s Lee Dykes is understood to be out of the running for the role.