Dejan Kulusevski has admitted that he is sad to see Antonio Conte leave but insisted that he and his Tottenham teammates stand behind the club’s decision to part ways with the Italian. 

Since Conte’s departure, multiple reports have revealed that all was not well behind the scenes at Tottenham over the last few months.

Dejan Kulusevski

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The Evening Standard stated on Monday that the players had grown tired of the Italian’s tendency to shift blame to them publicly after bad results.

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail revealed yesterday that senior members of the squad had even pleaded with the 53-year-old to take the handbrake off a few months ago as they believed that the overly cautious approach was behind their poor form.

However, Kulusevski has now admitted that he will remember Conte fondly, having grown close to the 53-year-old since his switch from Juventus almost 15 months ago.

The Swede told Fotbollskanalen: “Always sad when a person you work with and have grown close to has to leave.

“But life goes on and you just have to move on. We have 10 games left now and we have to do our best to reach the top four.

“He has been very important. I have learned a lot from him and I will always remember him, but right now we have his assistant who I know very well.

“Then we’ll see who comes in next season, but I enjoy the city and the club very much.”

The 22-year-old added that he and his teammates are fully behind the club’s decision, remarking that the players will continue to give their all irrespective of who their head coach is.

When asked about Conte’s potential replacement, he responded: “It’s not me who decides.

“Whoever is the coach, we players will always accept and play for him and for everyone else.

“Now the club made this decision because they think it is the best and we players stand behind that.”

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It is worth pointing out that the only two players who have spoken about Conte’s departure so far (Son and Kulusevski) have only done so when the question has been put to them in a press conference.

None of the Spurs players have taken to social media to wish the Italian well on their own accord, which suggests that the 53-year-old had completely lost the dressing room.

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