Sources: Martinez makes 'huge play' for Tottenham job behind the scenes and is ready to quit Belgium
Roberto Martinez is making a “huge play” for the vacant Tottenham job behind the scenes, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The Belgium manager, 47, was on Spurs’ original shortlist to replace Jose Mourinho along with the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Martinez remains a strong contender and contact has been made with him.
He is said to be pushing strongly for the post with a “huge play” outlining how he would be a great fit for the Londoners.
Martinez is ready to quit the Belgium post and leave straight after this summer’s European Championships in order to take charge at the new Tottenham stadium.
His enthusiasm for the role has certainly caught the attention of Spurs chiefs as they whittle down the candidates and Martinez is now a frontrunner.
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Nagelsmann has already been announced as the new Bayern Munich manager, while the cost and difficulty in luring Rodgers from Leicester is a massive stumbling block that could prove too difficult to oercome.
Martinez is highly thought of in English football after lengthy spells at Everton, Wigan Athletic and Swansea City.
He took over the ‘golden generation’ of Belgian talent in 2016 and led the nation to their highest-ever World Cup finish of third in 2018.
Martinez has now been in charge for five years, with his contract running through to the 2022 Word Cup after he penned an extension last year.