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Nuno Espirito Santo breaks silence on Wolves future amid Tottenham links

Robbie Copeland
Apr 23, 2021, 2:15 PM GMT+1
Santo has been linked with the Spurs job
Santo has been linked with the Spurs job / ANDREW COULDRIDGE/Getty Images

Nuno Espirito Santo has waved away talk that he could leave Wolves this summer, amid links with the vacant Tottenham job.

Santo has established Wolves in the top flight since their promotion from the Championship in 2018 and even led them into Europe in their first season back in the top flight. This season has been a mild disappointment as they sit some way short of the top seven, but Santo remains one of the most highly-rated managers in the Premier League.

He was loosely linked with the Spurs job soon after Jose Mourinho was sacked, with The Express among those reporting that he is on a list of targets for Daniel Levy.

That was soon followed by a report from The Mail who claimed Wolves are already planning for life after Santo. They said the club are looking at Portuguese trio Vitor Pereira, Rui Faria and Bruno Lage as potential replacements, and anticipate that Santo could leave soon after four successful years in the west Midlands.

Santo has been linked with a move in the past, though, and has always remained fiercely loyal to the club. He penned a new three-year deal in the summer, ending any immediate speculation surrounding his future. And speaking to reporters on Friday, he said he has every intention of honouring that deal.

"I have a contract," he said. "When I sign a contract, there's nothing more I can say. It's my decision to sign it...that's all I want to say.

"When I make a decision like that, there's no doubt in my mind."

Arsenal and Everton have both expressed a reported interest in Santo in the past but it has never been enough to shake him. It remains to be seen whether Spurs, and the prospect of replacing Jose Mourinho, will prove any different.

If he does have any designs on the job, though, he will face fierce competition. 90min learned in March that Spurs see Brendan Rodgers as a potential target, while Maurizio Sarri, Julian Nagelsmann and Erik ten Hag are among some of the other favourites.