Jose Mourinho will not be sacked by Tottenham this summer – after chairman Daniel Levy reportedly decided it would cost too much to axe the Portuguese firebrand.
Tottenham’s top-four hopes suffered another blow on Sunday as his former club Manchester United claimed a 3-1 win. Spurs took the lead against United via Son Heung-min in the first half. However, United completed a comeback courtesy of goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood. It leaves Tottenham six points adrift of a top-four place with seven games to go.
Mourinho has his work cut out for him to get back into the territory they are aiming for. After another blow in their pursuit of a Champions League place, he refused to go into too much detail about where things have been going wrong.
Although they could yet end their trophy wait in the Carabao Cup, Mourinho’s future at Tottennham remains under intense scrutiny after a season of disappointment.
However, any talk he could be dismissed this summer appear wide of the mark, according to Belgian outlet Voetbal 24. They claim that while Levy has considered his dismissal, the Spurs chairman has configured it would be too expensive to sack him at this stage.
Indeed, they understand that Spurs would have to fork out a whopping £34.8million to sack Mourinho now. That figure would include any exit payments made to the Portuguese’s coaching stadd. However, the compensation is simply more than Levy is willing to fork out at this stage.
They state that regardless of Spurs’ fate this season, Mourinho will still be in charge come the 2021/22 season.
Spurs only stopped paying off Pochettino a few months ago following his dismissal. The Argentine is now in charge of Paris Saint-Germain; his appointment seeing Spurs cease their payments to him.
Mourinho given funds to strengthen
Instead, they state Tottenham will use their funds to further strengthen their squad this summer.
RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer has been identified as an ‘express wish’ for Mourinho. The Austrian is likely to be on the move this summer, but comes with a hefty price tag.
Mourinho also wants to add more muscle to his midfield in the form of a former Manchester United favourite.
There are also reports that a new centre-half will be targeted, though Spurs may need to ship out an unwanted star first.
However, the biggest challenge for Mourinho and Levy could be keeping their major names in north London. A report last week stated that four key men will all likely depart Tottenham this summer.
Indeed, the main priority for Levy will be to retain the services of Harry Kane. The Spurs talisman has enjoyed another prolific season. However, at the age of 27, he is still to win a trophy. As such, he could push to leave the club this summer amid hints from Kane himself that he could look to move on.