Arne Slot to stay at Feyenoord, build on the past two seasons

Arne Slot with the championship trophy. Photo: Sem van der Wal ANP

Arne Slot is to stay on as head coach with Rotterdam club Feyenoord, after being linked to a move to England, Dutch media are reporting.

Slot, 44, was widely reported to be at the top of English Premiership club Tottenham Hotspur’s list of candidates to take over the manager’s job, which has been vacant since Antonio Conte in March.

“I’ve heard a lot about interest in me from other clubs,” Slot said via his agent on Thursday. “I am grateful … but my wish is to stay at Feyenoord and continue to build on the foundation that has been laid over the past two seasons.

“There are no transfer talks and there haven’t been any, and the discussion yesterday [with agent Rafaele Pimenta and club officials] was solely about a possible extension.”

Slot has impressed during his two and a half years at De Kuip, leading the club to its first Eredivisie title for six years despite having to build a squad on a tight budget due to Feyenoord’s financial problems.

He also reached the final of the UEFA Conference League last season, losing to Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma, and lost to the same opposition in the semi-finals of the Europa League this season.

According to the Telegraaf, his contract with Feyenoord had been both upgraded and extended.

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