Tottenham: Xabi Alonso confirms he is STAYING at Bayer Leverkusen next season


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 Liverpool legend was a potential candidate to succeed Antonio Conte 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 Bundesliga 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.’

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 transpired last week that Julian Nagelsmann would not become the club’s next boss.

Tottenham are adamant there is not a top target, but Slot is high in the thoughts of the Spurs hierarchy.

Mail Sport revealed yesterday 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, knows he can earn much more than that at Spurs.

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.

Mail Sport revealed on Thursday that Spurs would likely have a clear run at the 35-year-old this summer, with Nagelsmann likely to be an outsider for the Real Madrid post in the event of Carlo Ancelotti leaving.

Having appointed Scott Munn to the position as chief football officer, 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.

Paratici’s replacement will report to Munn, who will start work later this summer.

Tottenham are interested in former Bayer Leverkusen administrator Tim Steidten as 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.


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