Arne Slot puts the final nail in Tottenham’s coffin to complete Feyenoord U-turn
Tottenham’s pursuit of Arne Slot is officially over after the Dutchman signed a new contract at Feyenoord until 2026.
The 44-year-old was Spurs’ top management candidate to succeed Ryan Mason this summer, before unexpectedly stepping down.
talkSPORT understands Slot have decided to pledge their future to Feyenoord after guiding them to the Eredivisie title.
It was the club’s first league title since 2017, with Feyenoord losing just one of their 33 top-flight matches until their last match of the season.
Feyenoord announced Slot’s new deal on Friday, sharing a video of his best times in charge – culminating in him lifting the iconic shield.
Speaking to the club’s website, he said: “I haven’t finished here yet.
“We’ve had a wonderful season with Feyenoord, with the championship as a wonderful reward for all the hard work that’s been put in, but I really want to keep building.
“After the summer, an adventure awaits us in the Champions League and there is a national title to defend.
“Enough to hope, so I’m proud to be and to remain the coach of Feyenoord in Rotterdam.”
In his pre-match press conference, Slot revealed that the £4.3million release clause in his contract – which would have been active next summer – is no longer valid.
He remarked: “The clause for the summer of 2024 [£4.3m] was removed from my new contract.
“There were several clubs interested, but I only spoke to two of them [about their projects].
“No club has become serious enough to talk about a transfer, and no club has shown interest in Feyenoord or asked for a transfer fee.”
It remains to be seen who Spurs will push next, with talkSPORT revealing earlier this month that Julian Nagelsmann was no longer in contention.
As of now, Ange Postecoglou, Ruben Amorim and Luis Enrique are all on Tottenham’s shortlist.
Caretaker boss Mason spoke about the club’s search for a new manager during his press conference, where he stressed Spurs need to have a clear identity.
He said: “We’ve had two or three different styles of football over the last few years and I don’t think that’s helpful for the players, the club or the staff.
“I would like people to know what to expect when you see a Tottenham player or anyone who works at the club.”