‘I always chose the most difficult situation’: Antonio Conte hints at Tottenham move and admits he wants to work abroad again as talks continue… despite claims the Italian ‘is worried about Spurs’ ability to compete with Premier League rivals’
- Tottenham remain in talks with former Chelsea and Inter boss Antonio Conte
- Spurs have been without a manager since April after sacking Jose Mourinho
- The Italian hinted he could join after admitting he wants to work abroad
- He also insists he never chooses a mangerial job where he feels ‘comfortable’
- But Conte is said to be worried about Spurs’ ability to manoeuvre in the market
Antonio Conte has suggested he could be open to managing Tottenham after admitting he ‘always chooses the most difficult situation’ and is keen to coach abroad again.
The Italian is in talks with the north London outfit about becoming their next manager, but the club are facing a difficult spell after failing to qualify for the Champions League, while star man Harry Kane wants to leave this summer.
Conte has emerged as the front runner for the job after leaving Inter Milan and has shown his ability to transform struggling teams in the past. In an interview with DAZN he hinted that a job like Spurs could appeal to him because he does not want to be ‘comfortable’ as a coach.
Antonio Conte has dropped a hint he could manage Spurs admitting he wants to coach abroad as talks with Daniel Levy (R) continue
‘I think that I am not someone who is happy with just a comfortable situation. I always chose the most difficult situation instead,’ he said.
‘The objective was a three-year project to take Inter back to having ambition, to challenge for important targets. The fact I achieved that in my second season is very satisfying.
‘It’s certainly not easy to be a coach, especially at the top level, because the expectations and stress really do increase. You must learn to live with these situations, knowing you will have to do it alone.’
When asked where he sees himself in five years’ time, he replied: ‘I would like to have more experiences abroad. I’d also like to work in America.’
The Italian insists he never chooses a managerial role where he feels ‘comfortable’
The Italian walked out on Inter Milan last week after growing frustrated with the cash-strapped club’s lack of resources, and the former Chelsea boss will want to splash the cash wherever he ends up next.
And according to the Times, Conte is worried that Spurs could be blown out of the water by the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and his old employers Chelsea in their attempts to rebuild the squad.
It adds that Conte, who called Harry Kane his ‘dream striker’ in 2017, fears that the England captain’s desire to leave the club could be too strong after informing Daniel Levy of his wish to be sold this summer.
But the ex-Chelsea boss reportedly has concerns he will not have the funds to win trophies
He is also said to fear that Harry Kane’s desire to leave north London could be too strong
The Italian is rumoured to have demanded funds to bolster the team and that Kane is not to be sold under any circumstances, but if neither of those conditions can be fulfilled then Conte may not envisage a successful spell in north London.
Conte has won the league title in five of his last seven seasons in club football – with his impressive track record one of the main reasons Spurs are so keen to hire him – but the 51-year-old will only take charge of a club if there is a realistic chance of him winning silverware, the report continues.
Should Conte decide to join Spurs, it is believed he will arrive alongside former Juventus chief Fabio Paratici.
Spurs have been looking for a new boss since April after they sacked Jose Mourinho, with Ryan Mason taking charge as Interim boss for the remainder of the season.
The former Tottenham midfielder managed four wins and three losses from his time in charge, as the club finished seventh – qualifying for the new UEFA Conference League next season.
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