Daniel Levy has not given up hope of luring Brendan Rodgers to Tottenham, according to a report.
It’s understood Spurs have made a move to try and land the Leicester boss, but that was turned down by the 48-year-old. Spurs, according to The Independent also failed in trying to get Julian Nagelsmann to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The German coach instead has officially announced he will take over at Bayern Munich in the summer.
Levy has approached Ajax boss Erik ten Hag and talks are set to get underway, but Rodgers remains on his wanted list.
Former Liverpool and Celtic boss Rodgers has publicly claimed he does not want the Spurs job though.
Rodgers said this week: “I’m very, very happy here. I have a huge respect here for the players, the board and I really feel that I want to continue my work here.
“I’ve got a set of players that give me their heart and soul every single day and also I can see a future here in terms of the development of the squad.
“I’ve got a really strong relationship with the board. We work very closely together.
“I always knew what the challenge was coming here, to try and improve the squad, and over the last couple of years what we’ve been able to do is build an infrastructure around behaviour and creating a mindset in order to win.
“That’s not easy but you see now the mentality around developing that will and desire to win.
“Now for the next period of years let’s see if we can roll that out now, can we continually evolve.
“Tottenham is a great club, one of the biggest clubs in Britain but for me I’m just in a really, really happy place in my life.”
That has not deterred Levy though, according to the Daily Mail.
“Spurs are not ready to turn their back on Rodgers, although they have lined up talks with ten Hag,” report the paper.
The indications are that Levy’s preferred target is the Northern Irishman. And the talk from Spurs is that Rodgers could have a change of heart depending on their finish to the season.
Cost of appointing Rodgers
Rodgers has guided the Foxes into the FA Cup final and into the top four of the Premier League. And they are seven points clear if fifth-placed West Ham with five games remaining. Ironically they have Tottenham left to play, as well as Man Utd and Chelsea.
Spurs’ inclination towards Rodgers will be very expensive too. Having already understood to have agreed a pay-off of around £30m to Jose Mourinho, they would also have to pay big for Rodgers.
Rodgers still has four years to run on his contract after penning an extension in December 2019 and a battle with Leicester will not be pretty.
The City boss is believed to be on a salary of £10m a season.
Ten Hag would be a simpler option. Ten Hag has just one year left to run on his current deal at Ajax.
The source also report the Dutchman “would be willing to hold talks about the role” after securing the Eredivisie title.