Lopetegui confirms Spurs option but is ‘where he wants to be’

Jason Soutar
Julen Lopetegui
Julen Lopetegui

Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui has revealed that he had the opportunity to join Tottenham as they continue to search for a new manager.

Spurs have been on the search for a new manager since relieving Jose Mourinho of his duties back in April.

Former player Ryan Mason took interim charge of the north London club but is not being considered to take over on a permanent basis.

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The current favourite for the job is former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca who has reportedly agreed a deal in principle with the Italian.

Lopetegui has impressed during his time at Sevilla, winning the Europa League title in 2020.

Reports have indicated that the Spaniard rejected an approach from Spurs, but without confirming that, he has said that they were an option.

“Tottenham? I am where I want to be. I could have had options,” Mundo Deportivo report him saying to Radio Marca.

“Logically, we are very happy and content, with our heads focused on making Sevilla grow and making Sevilla competitive again.

“We’re focused on that; we’re not looking elsewhere. I still have a lot of objectives to achieve.

“The main one is to be able to constantly improve the team, and then the profession gives you different challenges.

“Now my dream is to make Sevilla better, more reliable and to respond to all the excitement of Sevilla fans.”

Whether or not a formal offer was made for the 54-year-old remains to be seen, but it is fair to say that their interest in Fonseca is concrete.

However, ex-Premier League manager Alex McLeish has said that the Spurs dressing room will be divided over the reported appointment of Fonseca.

“For some, the slate will be clean and it will be a chance to impress this new gaffer,” McLeish told Football Insider.

“Some will maybe be thinking: ‘We are not really aware of Fonseca, the way we’re aware of other head coaches. Where are we going in terms of success for Tottenham? What is the yardstick? Can we get to the levels that we have been in recent years?’

“I guess only time will tell.”