Harry Redknapp says he is open to the prospect of discussing a new deal that would see him stay with Tottenham and snub England.
Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to become the next England boss, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is keen to keep hold of his man after seeing the club’s progression since he took over in 2008.
Redknapp admitted when Fabio Capello walked out on England that he would consider taking the job if the FA came calling, conceding he was “flattered” to be linked with what he considers the “ultimate” job for any English manager.
The former West Ham boss also admitted, however, that it would be gut-wrenching for him to leave White Hart Lane after turning Tottenham’s fortunes around.
Despite reports to the contrary, Redknapp stressed yesterday that Levy had not offered him a contract that would go beyond his current one that expires next summer.
But when asked whether he would look at an offer if Levy put one to him, Redknapp said: “Of course. I’m not saying Daniel’s never said he wants me to stay, he says that to me all the time.
“I’ve not actually sat down with him and discussed a contract. There’s been no rush to do that. I’ve got a year left on my contract, let’s see what happens.”
Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand are just a few of the many prominent figures in the game who have backed Redknapp for the England role.
Such public statements have caused a slight commotion at Tottenham, who are aggrieved to see their manager being linked with a position when he is under contract.
It is understood Spurs contacted the Premier League to notify them of their grievance, and the league responded by issuing a letter to all top-flight managers reminding them such actions contravene their rules.
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