Antonio Conte explains why his talks with Tottenham came to an end

Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has given an insight into the reason why he did not become Tottenham Hotspur’s new head coach.

Sky Sports claimed last week that Tottenham had decided to pull the plug on plans to appoint the former Inter Milan boss due to reservations over his perceived reluctance  to work with promising young players at the club.

Conte has now shared his version of events in which he claimed he was not convinced enough to take up them project in North London despite, insisting that the financial benefit is not a factor when he makes his decision.

The 51-year-old claimed that he relishes challenges during his career and some of the high-profile clubs which he has previously managed were not considered to be favourites upon his appointment.

Tottenham instead appear to have set their sights on former AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca, who is said to be in advanced talks (Sky Sports).

He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Generally, I like the challenges and I’ve accepted many of them during my career,

“Even the top clubs I coached were never the favourites when I arrived. However, if there’s something that doesn’t convince me I prefer not to accept regardless of the money.”

When asked about his resignation from Inter, he insisted that his decision was not based on financial reasons, adding: “The market sets the price, but had I been obsessed by money, I would have stayed where I was in the past. I would have accepted compromises and obtained new contracts.

“I look for the projects instead and I am ready to stay at home if something is not convincing me. It has to do with vision, honesty and principles.”

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