‘Spurs are in my heart’ – Klinsmann responds to job links

James Holland
Jurgen Klinsmann Spurs F365

Jurgen Klinsmann has responded to links with the Tottenham job by saying the club is ‘in his heart’.

The Germany legend had two spells with the north London side in the 1990s, making 65 appearances and scoring 38 goals.

He could be the answer to Tottenham’s problems following their troubled search for a new manager.

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Jose Mourinho was sacked in April and since then multiple targets have rejected approaches from the club.

Erik ten Hag and Scott Parker were early frontrunners who opted against a move.

Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca was close to being announced as manager before talks broke down on Thursday. He was the number one target for new sporting director Fabio Paratici.

When asked about the job links, Klinsmann said on BBC Sport: “I called him [Daniel Levy] after he let Mourinho go and said, ‘what’s the case now?’

“And he said to me ‘I have so much to do right now to sort things out at the club, let’s talk a little later on’. Then I saw all the different names walking in, talking and walking out. The same still today.

Spurs are in my heart, I would consider that – but if he doesn’t want to, I am not going to force him.”

Klinsmann has been without a job since leaving Hertha Berlin in February last year.

He managed the Bundesliga outfit for just ten games before deciding to walk out.

Klinsmann’s best success has occurred on the international stage. He took Germany to third place at their home World Cup in 2006, with Italy coming out as eventual winners.

The 56-year-old also took charge of the USA national team between 2011 and 2016. During that time, they won the CONCACAF Gold Cup and reached the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup.

One recent managerial target for Spurs was Gennaro Gattuso. The former midfield enforcer, a legend of AC Milan, became a free agent when he opted to leave Fiorentina.

The Italian began discussions with Levy and the Spurs board but was reportedly put off by their transfer budget. Spurs’ search for a manager continues, with Klinsmann potentially about to enter the frame.