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Julen Lopetegui turned down 'dizzying' offer from Tottenham

Ross Jackson
Julen Lopetegui has turned down the chance to be Spurs boss
Julen Lopetegui has turned down the chance to be Spurs boss / Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Sevilla president Jose Castro has claimed Julen Lopetegui turned down a 'dizzying' offer to become the new Tottenham manager.

Spurs' search for a new boss has been going on since they parted ways with Jose Mourinho back in April, with chairman Daniel Levy initially claiming he wanted to make an appointment before the end of the season.

A whole host of names have been thrown into the mix with regards to who could replace Mourinho in north London, yet countless setbacks have meant they're still without a manager as the countdown begins to the 2021/22 Premier League season.

In the last few weeks alone, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso are both rumoured to have been in talks with Levy over the managerial vacancy, and Sevilla president Jose Castro has now revealed
Julen Lopetegui has turned down the role.

Castro claimed the Sevilla manager told him he's received a number of offers including an eye-watering proposal from Spurs, but said he wasn't tempted to swap La Liga for the Premier League.

"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," he told Spanish radio station Cadena SER (via The Telegraph).

"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."

Castro went on to add that the Sevilla boss wouldn't be tempted away by a lucrative offer and that he's happy at the club.

"You see his ability and leadership every day," he added. "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."