Spurs’s chaotic search for Jose Mourinho’s replacement has entered a third month, with the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso all holding talks only for interest to collapse.
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-placed finish in La Liga. But the Spaniard would prefer to stay in Andalusia.
In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER, which was published on Sevilla’s official website, club president Jose 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.”
Tottenham’s players who are not involved in Euro 2020 are set to report back for pre-season training on July 5, with backroom staff due to take fitness sessions if a new manager is not appointed.