Antonio Conte Insists He Turned Down Tottenham Last Summer Because He Was Still Too Emotionally Involved With Inter Milan

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Antonio Conte, Tottenham’s new head coach, has clarified why he turned down the club in the summer, underlining that he was still ’emotionally attached’ after leaving Inter Milan, as he praised Daniel Levy for persuading him to join.

Spurs have acted quickly after replacing Nuno Espirito Santo following the team’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United, with chairman Daniel Levy and director of football Fabio Paratici meeting with Conte and offering him an 18-month contract with a one-year extension option.
Conte was the club’s top target to replace Jose Mourinho at the start of the season, but the Italian turned them down, according to sources, because he was unimpressed by the idea and thought he would not be backed in the market.

But, having only recently left from his role at the San Siro, where he won the Serie A title, the former Chelsea manager has sought to clarify the allegations, saying it was simply not the proper moment to start another coaching job.
Conte credited Levy with persuading him to change his mind, complimenting his ‘contagious zeal’ in persuading him and that he would take on the role with ‘with conviction.’

‘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, he told Tottenham’s official website.

Source: Daily Mail

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