‘My departure could be GOOD for the club’: Arne Slot plays down hint he could leave Feyenoord amid Spurs links – as former AZ Alkmaar boss insists ‘not forbidden to talk -I talked to other clubs’ after winning the Eredivisie title
- Arne Slot has given a hint about his future amid links to the Tottenham job
- The 44-year-old led Feyenoord to their first league title since 2017 this season
- Slot revealed he rejected an approach to take over at Leeds in February
Feyenoord boss Arne Slot has added to the speculation linking him to Spurs by saying his departure could be positive for the Dutch club.
Slot has emerged as a leading candidate to take the hot seat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in recent weeks, with the club without a permanent manager since Antonio Conte left in March.
The 44-year-old recently led Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title where the club suffered just one defeat all season, with former Arsenal and Manchester United star Robin van Persie serving as part of his backroom staff.
Feyenoord’s victory also ended Ajax’s streak of three consecutive titles in the Dutch top flight.
In an interview with ESPN, Slot explained that he wanted to resolve questions about his future quickly for the sake of himself and the club, adding that he had rejected a takeover approach at Elland Road following the sacking of Jesse Marsch as Leeds boss.
Feyenoord boss Arne Slot has hinted he could leave the club this summer amid links to Tottenham
Slot recently led the Dutch club to their first league title since 2017 with Robin van Persie working as his assistant
‘Everyone needs clarity quickly. I canceled Leeds in the winter and now it’s either stay or go.’
‘My departure could also be good for the club, but without a dream club I will stay. In football, you usually talk to clubs. I’m not saying I’ve done it now, but it’s not forbidden for me to talk to another club.’
Slot’s comments come after Feyenoord boss Dennis te Kloese told ESPN Netherlands morning show ‘Goedemorgen Eredivisie’ that the club has yet to receive an approach from Spurs for their highly-rated coach .
‘No, no request from Tottenham’ said Te Kloese.
‘In February, there was concrete interest from Leeds United, but Arne and I said, ‘no’ to that. Arne didn’t want to go to Leeds and I think that was a very good decision.
‘Arne and I have come a long way, his contract was broken (renegotiated) last year. We are more than happy with him and if there is interest in him, we will hear about it.
‘He [Slot] he has a contract for two more years and this summer there is no release clause in his contract, so we can say no if we want.
‘We also have a good story here. Champions League next year, a lot of new players were signed last summer and they have proven that the players in this team are really good and their contracts are also running for a few years.’
Spurs have been without a permanent manager since Antonio Conte was sacked in March