Tuesday’s print edition of Le Parisien (03/05/22 – as relayed by Sport Witness) claims that Antonio Conte very much wants to become the next Paris Saint-Germain boss despite the Tottenham head coach’s claim to the contrary.
It was the same publication that reported last week that the Italian had offered himself to PSG on a two-year deal to replace Mauricio Pochettino.
This was subsequently refuted by Conte, who labelled the speculation as ‘fake news’ in his press conference last Friday (Goal).
However, Le Parisien continue to insist that the 52-year-old could take over at Parc des Princes next season.
Their latest report states that Conte ‘sees himself’ in the Ligue 1 giants’ dugout next season even if there are a few obstacles standing in his and PSG’s way.
The publication also had a chat with Venezia’s director of football Federico Balzaretti about whether the Spurs head coach would be the right fit for the PSG job.
Balzaretti is quoted in the report as saying about Conte: “He gives everything for his players, for his team, but they need to follow him. If the players don’t want to work, it won’t work.
“Andrea Pirlo says he changed his career, and many players have become managers thanks to him. He brings something on a tactical level. It could work in Paris, but you need to follow him.
“He takes liberties. He’s open, but he’s hard with everyone. He asks a lot from the club’s entourage, from the players. He’s a player who can change a club. He doesn’t just work on the team.”
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Le Parisien seem to be convinced that Conte is a realistic target for PSG, just as Julien Laurens is. That suggests that they have been informed of the Italian’s interest in the role by sources high up at PSG.
Perhaps Conte has communicated to the Ligue 1 giants about taking the job in case his vision with the Spurs hierarchy does not align.
In the event that Conte decides to leave Tottenham (which I do not expect to happen), the 52-year-old will need to find a club to buy out his contract, and so PSG might indeed be his backup option.
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