Dejan Kulusevski has said that qualifying for the Champions League meant a great deal to everybody at Tottenham, admitting that he does not know whether Antonio Conte would have stayed if the club had finished outside the top four.
Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur both hit the ground running after arriving from Juventus in January, with the pair playing a crucial role in helping the Lilywhites climb into fourth place.
The Swede’s brace in Tottenham’s 5-0 win over Norwich on the final day of the season took his tally to five goals and eight assists since his move from Turin (Transfermarkt).
Kuluesevski admitted his time in North London could not have gone any better than it did.
When asked to rate his time at Spurs out of ten, he told Sport Bladet: “Ten out of ten, it could not be better. I had fun, felt good and all the results went as they should.
“Everything was perfect. Very good coaches, very good teammates, smart people. Everyone just wants to win and we found each other well.”
The Swede also said that he has really enjoyed working with Conte: “He is obsessed with winning and works from morning to night. He wants to be the best for us players and I like him off the field too, he is an incredible coach.
Kulusevski insisted that finishing in the top four completely changed Tottenham’s trajectory, admitting that he is looking forward to playing Champions League football with the club.
The on-loan Juve man said about Champions League qualification: “I think that means everything. It changes the whole season.
“I do not know if Conte would stay if we did not get to the Champions League, but now we did and everyone is happy. It will be incredibly fun to play the Champions League with Tottenham.”
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I believe Conte would have stayed even if we had not qualified for the Champions League as he still would have been backed by the club this summer.
However, the Italian seemingly pulled a masterstroke by making some players believe he might leave if they fail to finish top four as that meant that they tried that little bit extra to achieve the objective.
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