Julen Lopetegui rejected Tottenham, says Sevilla president

Julen Lopetegui rejected Tottenham, says Sevilla president

Sevilla president Jose Castro has revealed Tottenham wanted Julen Lopetegui to become their new coach but the manager is happy with the LaLiga side. 

Tottenham are currently without a coach since sacking Jose Mourinho and continues to search for his replacement. The north London side has failed in attempts to secure appointments of Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca, and Gennaro Gattuso. 

Incoming football managing director Fabio Paratici, who has already started work, is understood to have contacted Lopetegui about moving to north London after he guided Sevilla to Champions League qualification next season with a fourth-place finish in La Liga, but the Spaniard would prefer to stay in Andalusia.

In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER, 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."

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