Sevilla president Jose Castro has revealed that Tottenham made a "dizzying" offer to Julen Lopetegui to take over as manager, as they continue their search for a new boss ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Spurs are still looking to replace Jose Mourinho, who was sacked back in April and is heading to Roma next season. Former boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is currently at Paris Saint-Germain, and former Inter boss, Antonio Conte, were linked to the hot seat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but moves failed to materialize for either of them.
Spurs, who have now been linked to Pochettino, Erik ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers, Julian Nagelsmann, Fonseca, Gennaro Gattuso, and now Lopetegui are in their third month of searching for a new manager, and Sevilla's president confirmed Europa League-winning manager Lopetegui has snubbed an approach.
In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER (via BBC), Castro said: “Julen rang me and told me. He said he’d received offers he’d not listened to in addition to a dizzying one from Tottenham. But he said he doesn’t forget things and that he is very motivated here. We believed and believe in him, giving him a two-year contract extension, and I’m sure he will bring much more to the club.
“You see his ability and leadership every day. Some coaches are more driven by economic factors but Julen is very clear that he is happy here and he even said it would be very difficult to find a better place to work than here.”
Lopetegui was controversially dismissed as Spain boss just before the 2018 World Cup got underway and took over at Real Madrid before getting the sack after only four months. He then joined Sevilla in 2019, and has since led the team to back to back European qualifications, and competed until the end for the LaLiga title last season.