Antonio Conte slammed for already speaking ‘nonsense’ after Tottenham appointment

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Antonio Conte was speaking “nonsense” with his explanation for not taking the Tottenham job in the summer, claims former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan. Conte was appointed as the new Spurs head coach on Tuesday, replacing the sacked Nuno Espirito Santo. The Italian signed an 18-month deal with the option of a further year.

Tottenham held talks with Conte in the summer before appointing Nuno.

The two parties were unable to come to an agreement and Spurs were forced to look elsewhere.

Following the announcement of his appointment on Tuesday, Conte explained why things didn’t work out previously.

He stated he needed more time following his exit from Inter Milan at the end of last season.

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Conte said: “Last summer our union did not happen because the end of my relationship with Inter was still too recent and emotionally too involved with the end of the season, so I felt that it wasn’t yet the right time to return to coaching.”

The former Chelsea boss also explained the influence Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had on his decision to move to north London.

He added: “The contagious enthusiasm and determination of Daniel Levy in wanting to entrust me with this task had already hit the mark.

“Now that the opportunity has returned, I have chosen to take it with great conviction.”

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However, Jordan thinks there is more to why Conte didn’t take the Spurs job in the summer than he stated.

“Conte says he didn’t join Tottenham because he had a difficult time leaving Inter Milan – nonsense,” Jordan said on talkSPORT.

“The deal wasn’t right for him, the finances weren’t right, the bending over opportunity that Daniel Levy will now give him – in terms of Daniel is going to let him have what he wants – is probably more to do with it.

“I’ve never heard anyone describe Daniel in all my experiences with him as ‘having contagious enthusiasm and determination’, apart from determination to keep the balance sheet working well.”

Conte is still awaiting his visa so will not be at the club’s press conference on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Europa Conference League match at home to Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday.

Managing director of football Fabio Paratici will instead field questions alongside club captain Hugo Lloris.

Conte is expected to get his visa in time for tomorrow’s match and therefore be in the dugout.

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