‘I like difficult challenges’ – Conte on his future after collapse in talks with Spurs

Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has admitted that he is planning to take a year off to study the game following the collapse in talks with Tottenham.

At the start of this month, it looked as though Conte was set to take over as Spurs head coach but typical of Tottenham’s managerial pursuit this summer, talks between the parties seemed to end abruptly.

It has since been reported that some of Conte’s transfer demands were seen by the North London club’s hierarchy as unrealistic.

Tottenham have since also held talks with two other recently departed Serie A managers in Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso but after deciding against moving for either, are now back to square one in their managerial pursuit

In what seemed like a hint about his talks with Spurs, Conte stated two weeks ago that while he is open to taking on difficult challenges, he would have be convinced of the project to take it on.

It looks like the 51-year-old has now decided to take a year away from the game.

Conte told Radio Anch’io Sport (as relayed by Goal): “It will be a year in which I will try to study and continue to investigate certain situations.

“I want to make the most of this unwanted situation, but that’s OK, I’ll take advantage of the period to be with my family and to watch football, which always evolves and goes on.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

While Conte would have been a great manager for Tottenham, it appears that things just were not aligned. It would have been a mistake for him to take a job he didn’t believe him and a mistake from Spurs to offer him things they simply could not afford.

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