Federico Bernardeschi has revealed he admires Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte and hinted at receiving a transfer offer from the club over the summer.
The winger, 28, was made available in the market after deciding not to renew his contract with Juventus after a five-year spell in Turin (Football Italia).
With teammate Giorgio Chiellini departing Italy for MLS side Los Angeles FC, Bernardeschi then followed former Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne by joining Toronto FC on a free transfer.
Awaiting to make his debut for the Canadian outfit, Bernardeschi has opened up on why he made the switch to the United States by admitting he has ‘nothing to prove’ after a successful period at Juventus.
The Italy international also revealed he received offers from clubs hoping to keep him in Europe, including an offer from an unnamed Premier League club based in London.
And while not disclosing who made the approach, Bernardeschi teased that it could have come from Spurs after stressing a shameless admiration for compatriot and current Lilywhites boss Conte
Bernardeschi told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I won nine trophies playing for Juve. What more could I ask for? I have nothing to prove.
“I thank everyone, in particular [Atalanta coach Gian Piero] Gasperini. They wanted me strongly in Bergamo.
“Yes, [I also had an offer] from London. But I don’t say who. Let’s say that I admire Conte shamelessly.”
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From the way Bernardeschi gave his response, it does seem very likely that Tottenham made an approach to sign him this summer and it makes sense with Conte’s influence at the helm.
Bernardeschi could have been a decent acquisition to make on a free transfer too, but he also mentioned that he achieved what he wanted with Juventus which is why he made the move to MLS instead.
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