Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has revealed that he heard from a reliable source that Cristian Romero would have asked to leave Tottenham this summer if Antonio Conte had stayed at the club.
While Romero was outstanding in his first full season in the Premier League following his switch from Atalanta in the summer of 2021, he was one of several Tottenham players who performed significantly under par last season.
The centre-back’s displays, particularly during the second half of last season following his return from Argentina’s victorious World Cup campaign, left a lot to be desired.
Speaking to The Athletic in the summer, Romero admitted that the standard of his performances last season was not up to the mark but insisted that he remains fully committed to Tottenham and expressed his desire to showcase his best self this season.
In a different interview, the centre-back was also quite complimentary of Ange Postecoglou, admitting that the Australian is exactly the kind of manager that the Lilywhites needed (Evening Standard).
Cristian Romero would have asked to leave Spurs
Bridge has now explained that the 25-year-old and Conte simply did not get along.
The journalist said on the Last Word On Spurs podcast: “With Romero, I got told by a very good source that if Conte would’ve stayed, Romero would’ve left. It’s irrelevant now, but I don’t think them two really clicked at all.”
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Conte has a history of falling out with his players towards the end of his spell at various clubs and the same thing appears to have happened at Tottenham.
However, I do sympathise with the Italian as he was going through a difficult time in his personal life while also having to cope with some health problems.
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