The future of head coach Ange Postecoglou at Tottenham Hotspur remains secure despite speculation linking him to the potential vacancy at Liverpool following Jurgen Klopp’s decision to leave the club, according to the Telegraph.
The daily newspaper claims that “Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso is the overwhelming favourite to take over from Klopp, who will stand down at the end of this season, with Postecoglou listed among a list of possible alternatives should the Spaniard stay put or go elsewhere.
“But Tottenham are extremely confident that Postecoglou will not join Liverpool or any other rival club this summer, as he looks to build on the encouraging start he has made in London.”
Spurs appointed the Australian as their new manager on a four-year contract last summer after helping Celtic win successive Scottish Premiership titles in his two seasons in charge.
He became the club’s fourth permanent manager since Mauricio Pochettino led them to the Champions League final in 2018-19, following Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte.
Postecoglou has made Tottenham a formidable side this season as they lie 4th in the Premier League table with 47 points, just five points behind third-placed Arsenal.
He has already made history in the top flight after becoming the first boss ever to win the first three Manager of the Month awards.
The Telegraph further stated that Postecoglou’s deal is “heavily incentivised, meaning the 58-year-old can earn significant bonuses and pay rises.”
It is believed that he would be rewarded for qualification for the Champions League next season.
Although Postecoglou has previously expressed his support for Liverpool, Tottenham remain unconcerned, believing he is fully committed to his current role.
The former Celtic manager has hinted at the possibility of establishing roots in London and staying at Tottenham for an extended period, provided the club is satisfied with his performance.
Postecoglou has reportedly been rumoured to be a potential candidate for the Manchester City job, especially with Pep Guardiola’s contract set to expire in 2025.
Liverpool have, however, identified Alonso as their top choice to succeed Klopp in the dugout, and there are reportedly plans to initiate discussions with the Bayer Leverkusen boss.
But Leverkusen Sporting Director Simon Rolfes believes the former Liverpool midfielder will remain at the club next season.
Rolfes told SPORT1: “Yes, I’m sure.” One [reason] is the contract. The other thing is how comfortable he feels, the family, himself and that he knows what he has in the club.
“He also has a very good team, we will have a very good perspective next year and there’s no change in the team.
“We will definitely have a top team available next year. These are all points that – in addition to contracts – coaches like Xabi, but also players who [attract] interest, often stay with us.”
The 42-year-old joined Bayer Leverkusen last season, making a significant impact by guiding the team to avoid relegation.
He also led the club to an impressive feat by reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League, showcasing his adept managerial skills and ability to lead the team to success on both domestic and European fronts.
Leverkusen are the only side in the German top flight to maintain an unbeaten record since the start of the current campaign (won 27, drawn four), adding to the anticipation and excitement surrounding his managerial prowess.
They struck a huge blow in the title race and are now five points clear at the top after beating Bayern Munich 3-0 on Saturday.
Alonso signed a new contract with Leverkusen during the summer, extending his commitment to the club until the conclusion of the 2025-26 campaign.
However, it is reported that a gentleman’s agreement has been reached between Alonso and the club’s hierarchy, permitting his potential departure for a prestigious club like Liverpool.