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Tottenham end Brendan Rodgers pursuit as hefty £70MILLION price tag scares Spurs off in-demand Leicester manager

SPURS have been frightened off by the potential £70million  cost of landing Brendan Rodgers.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was confident of finally getting his man, despite the Leicester chief publicly dismissing the prospect of succeeding the sacked Jose Mourinho.

Tottenham have ended their costly pursuit of Brendan Rodgers as their new manager


Tottenham have ended their costly pursuit of Brendan Rodgers as their new managerCredit: AP

But the Londoners have been unable to come up with a package that would get Rodgers, 48, out of the King Power.

The Northern Irishman earns up to £10m a season with the Foxes.

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And Tottenham would need to offer a four-year contract of £12.5m a year, plus Leicester’s expected compensation demands of £20m — a similar amount to what Bayern Munich are paying former Spurs target RB Leipzig for Julian Nagelsmann.

The Carabao Cup runners-up would also have to shell out for the ex-Liverpool manager’s backroom staff.

Rodgers — who was offered the Tottenham job by Levy in 2012 but instead went to Anfield — will now remain at the King Power.

He said: “Tottenham is a great club but . . . I’m very happy here. I want to continue my work here.”

Spurs will now talk to Erik ten Hag, 51, about taking over — but will only do so once his Ajax side have sealed the Dutch title.

Rodgers, meanwhile, says red-hot striker Kelechi Iheanacho has finally silenced the moaners with his goal run.

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Daniel Levy will now turn to other targets to succeed Jose Mourinho


Daniel Levy will now turn to other targets to succeed Jose MourinhoCredit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail

The Nigerian, 24, endured a tough start at the Foxes following his £25m move from Manchester City in 2017.

But 12 goals in nine games have cemented third spot and put Leicester into next month’s FA Cup final.

Ahead of tonight’s trip to Southampton, Rodgers said: “Kelechi’s gone through spells when there were moans and groans when he came on.

“But I don’t think there’s any now. That’s a testament to Kelechi.”

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