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Football legend’s son has rejected Tottenham Hotspur approach

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Tottenham Hotspur were interested in landing Jordi Cruyff but the former Barcelona man chose to reject a move to North London.

Jordi Cruyff has decided not to become Tottenham Hotspur’s new sporting director as he instead wants a return to coaching.

That is according to Catalan newspaper SPORT, who claim that Tottenham sounded Cruyff out for a move to the Premier League.

Spurs were viewing Cruyff as a potential sporting director and communicated their plans to the Dutchman.

Whilst Cruyff thanked Tottenham for their approach, he stated that he had no interest in the job.

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Cruyff wants to return to coaching rather than an office position and told Spurs he wasn’t the man for them.

Tottenham still chasing sporting director appointment amid Cruyff snub

Spurs have been without a clear sporting director or director of football since Fabio Paratici’s departure earlier this year.

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The Italian was hit with a worldwide ban from his Juventus days but remain in a consultancy position with Tottenham.

Progress on a firm replacement has been very slow but there have been rumours.

Fabrizio Romano reported in May that Tottenham were considering Tim Steidten or Brentford’s Lee Dykes.

Steidten ended up at West Ham United whilst Dykes remains with Brentford.

Romano added in August that Tottenham are considering another former Barcelona man in Mateu Alemany.

The Spaniard could end up replacing Luis Rubiales as the head of the RFEF though, a very different role to the one at Tottenham.

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Who is Jordi Cruyff?

Cruyff is the son of football legend Johan Cruyff, one of the finest players and most influential managers the game has ever seen.

Jordi couldn’t quite enjoy the same success but did come through with Ajax and Barcelona, where his father is a hero.

Cruyff junior moved on to Manchester United in 1996 and also turned out for Celta Vigo, Alaves, Espanyol, Metalurh Donetsk and Valletta.

The 49-year-old – an attacking midfielder in his playing days – also earned nine Netherlands caps but couldn’t come close to his father’s impact as a player.

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Cruyff did some coaching at Valletta but then made a surprise move to become AEK Larnaca’s sporting director in 2010, spending two years there before landing the same job at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Bizarrely, Cruyff ended up becoming Maccabi manager before moving on to coach Chongqing Dangdai Lifan, Ecuador’s national team and Shenzhen.

Cruyff stepped back from coaching to become Barcelona sporting director in 2021, spending two years in the job before leaving this summer.

Now fancying a return to coaching once again, Cruyff has ruled himself out for the Tottenham role and leaves Spurs looking elsewhere.

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