Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has played down speculations about the possibility of filling a managerial vacancy at Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham axed Jose Mourinho last Monday following a string of underwhelming results in Europe and the Premier League.
Indeed, the Portuguese manager had been on borrowed time ever since succumbing to a shocking UEFA Europa League elimination to Croatian minnows Dinamo Zagreb.
It seemed like Spurs bigwig Daniel Levy was timing the Special One’s dismissal, with the opportunity arriving amid Tottenham’s involvement in the ill-fated European Super League.
Mourinho was on the cusp of securing his first trophy in north London only to get sacked six days ahead of his side’s League Cup final against Manchester City.
Appointed in interim charge for the remainder of the season, inexperienced Ryan Mason failed to finish what his predecessor started, going down 1-0 to Pep Guardiola’s men at Wembley.
As a result, Tottenham’s title drought has extended to 13 years as headline performer Harry Kane contemplates his future in the capital following another lackluster season.
The England captain has been nothing short of outstanding this term, racking up 31 goals from 44 appearances in all competitions.
However, the 27-year-old has yet to lift a single piece of silverware to back his individual records and could seek new pastures comes the summer.
Desperate to prevent an exodus, Levy is scouring Europe for Mourinho’s long-term replacement, with several household names popping up as potential solutions.
In addition to Maurizio Sarri, who is out of practice since cutting ties with Juventus last summer, RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann has also emerged as a viable candidate to fill the vacancy.
However, the German has struck an agreement with Bayern Munich over a summer takeover, slamming the door shut for a possible switch to the Premier League.
Now, Brendan Rodgers, who has helped establish Leicester as a permanent top-five fixture in the Premier League, has rumored as the latest option for the job.
The 48-year-old almost led Liverpool to a Premier League title nearly a decade ago before enjoying a trophy-laden three-year stint at Celtic.
Rodgers returned to the English top division in 2019, taking charge of Leicester, whom he is about to guide to next season’s Champions League group stage.
Linked with a potential move to Tottenham, the Northern Irish tactician seems reluctant to swap allegiances and is looking to stay put at the King Power Stadium instead.
“Tottenham is a fantastic club. It’s one of the big clubs in this country; it’s a huge club,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.
“My focus is purely here. I’m at a world-class training facility, the project we’re in here, we still want to develop, we still have a lot of work to do here.
“I have a great connection with the players and the board, and we have plans to keep progressing.”