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Xabi Alonso emerges as leading contender to become Tottenham’s new manager

Former Spain international Xabi Alonso has reportedly emerged as a leading contender to become Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager. 

The 41-year-old was appointed as the head coach of Bayer Leverkusen last year, replacing Gerardo Seoane in the hot seat. 

The Spaniard has been impressive at the German club, leading his side to sixth in the Bundesliga and the Europa League semi-finals. 

He has implemented an attractive style of attacking football, and his excellent work at the Bay Arena now attracting the attention of several top European clubs. 

According to De Telegraaf, Alonso has emerged as a top candidate for the Spurs job. 

They are looking to appoint a permanent manager after sacking Antonio Conte in March. 

Tottenham put Cristian Stellini in temporary charge but a miserable run of form prompted them to replace the Italian with Ryan Mason

The Lilywhites have been linked with several top managers, including Julian Nagelsmann and Arne Slot. 

However, they have hit a major stumbling block in Nagelsmann’s pursuit as signing the German would reportedly be expensive

The 35-year-old’s contract at Bayern had no termination clause, and the Bundesliga giants are still paying his £10.6 million annual salary. 

Slot has also done an impressive job at Feyenoord who are now on the verge of winning the Eredivisie title. 

However, the Premier League club are impressed with Alonso’s CV, dating back to his time with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as a top midfielder. 

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