Arne Slot, who ruled himself out of the running to take over at Tottenham, has signed a new contract at Feyenoord.
“I’m not done here yet,” Slot said after the announcement of his new deal, which runs to 2026.
“We have had a wonderful season with Feyenoord, with the championship as a wonderful reward for all the hard work that has been put in, but I really want to continue building.
“After the summer, an adventure awaits in the Champions League and there is a national title to defend. Enough to look forward to, so I am proud to be and remain Feyenoord’s trainer in Rotterdam.”
Spurs were determined to get Slot after he secured the Eredivisie title with Feyenoord this season.
Tottenham have always stressed they had no conversations directly with Slot or Feyenoord, and never comment publicly on employees of other football clubs.
Sky Sports News have also been told that Spurs’ bosses feel Slot used their interest in him to get an improved contract in the Netherlands.
In a statement issued to Sky Sports News by his representatives on Thursday morning, Slot said: “I have been hearing a lot of rumours going around about other clubs’ interest in me.
“Although I am thankful my wish is to stay at Feyenoord and continue working on what we created last year.
“There is not – and there has not – been transfer conversation and yesterday’s meeting [with Feyenoord] was exclusively for an extension.
“All talks with the club have always been only in that sense. Looking forward to next season with Feyenoord.”
Where do Spurs go from here?
Sky Sports News’ senior reporter Rob Dorsett:
“As far as Tottenham are concerned, it’s a disappointment. But they were never concrete in their approach for Slot. It never got to any formal stage of discussions with him or Feyenoord, so Spurs will move on.
“When Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed, it took Spurs 76 days before he got the job. It’s been exactly 60 days since Antonio Conte was sacked as Spurs manager. This isn’t happening quickly for Spurs – but that’s deliberate, from my understanding.
“They want to be thorough and do their due diligence in their process of appointing a new manager. They will take their time.
“I understand Spurs fans’ frustrations: they would like to know who their new manager is going to be so the club can start working out transfer plans. But there is no rush from Spurs’ perspective.
“They don’t have to play any more football after Sunday’s final game of the Premier League until next season. It gives Daniel Levy time to consider their options and look at the other managers who could be in the running.
“We know Ange Postecoglou of Celtic has been on their list. Roberto De Zerbi has been doing a fantastic job at Brighton, he’s on their list, as is Marco Silva at Fulham. They’ve also been linked with out-of-work managers including Luis Enrique and they have long tracked the work of Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers.
“The truth is: we don’t know to who Spurs go next from here. They are back to the drawing board. But there is an extensive recruitment plan as to who they want as their next manager – but after a bit of bad blood on both sides, it won’t be Arne Slot.”
Mason: I’m ready for the Spurs job
Spurs acting head coach Ryan Mason believes he is ready to step up to the plate for Spurs should he be given the full-time job.
However, the 31-year-old – who is in his second stint in caretaker charge of the club – has only won one out of his five games in this latest period in the Spurs dugout.
Speaking before Tottenham’s 3-1 loss to Brentford at the weekend, Mason said: “I’ve said that I feel ready to help this club in this moment and I absolutely trust my team, I trust the people at this club.
“Of course, those decisions are club decisions, but I remain confident in who I am, who my coaching team are as people.
“I feel like we have a good connection with this club and the players and we can have an impact in this short space of time.
“Going forward, those are things that are in the future. They’re not really on my mind at this moment in time, we’re just trying to create something right now and we’ve tried to do that.
“We’re doing OK at that but it’s important that we get results on the football pitch.”