Former Spurs midfielder claims Conte could leave Lilywhites for Man Utd 

Antonio Conte
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Jamie O’Hara has claimed that Antonio Conte could leave Tottenham Hotspur for Manchester United unless the North London club back the Italian in the transfer market. 

Conte was heavily linked with the United job back in October as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was coming under increasing pressure.

However, it was United who ensured that Spurs moved quickly to replace Nuno Espirito Santo with the Italian after they thrashed the North Londoners 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Solskjaer was eventually sacked by the club in November and replaced by Ralf Rangnick but the German has not hit the ground running at Old Trafford so far.

Over recent days, reports have indicated some Tottenham players fear Conte could walk out of Spurs, just a little over two months from taking over at the club, if he is not backed by the club this month’s transfer window.

O’Hara believes there is a real chance of the 52-year-old walking away unless the Lilywhites spend big on new signings.

The former Spurs midfielder told talkSPORT: “I look at Antonio Conte and I haven’t seen his interviews from after the Chelsea game, but he looks defeated.

“We even said watching the game that he doesn’t look the same on the side as he did when he first joined.  

“He’s lost that sort of – I wouldn’t say interest, but he has lost the passion a little bit. He’s looking at the side and wondering: ‘what chance have I got?

“He’s having to play Doherty at left wing-back again. The players that we (Spurs) have got, that we’re possessing, Emerson Royal and Bryan Gill – signed this season, not good enough. 

“Daniel Levy, if he doesn’t buy some top quality players then Antonio Conte will walk. He will walk, I’m telling you.  

“If Manchester United phoned him tomorrow and said: ‘We want you’, he would seriously think about leaving.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

The sense of doom among parts of the Spurs fan base is extremely over the top. We are not even halfway into the transfer window and we knew beforehand that the club are unlikely to spend big in January. I do not think there is any chance of Conte walking before the end of the season.

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