Tottenham’s newest signing Clement Lenglet has admitted he is excited about working with Antonio Conte during the upcoming season.
Lenglet became Spurs’ fifth signing of the summer on Friday, with the centre-back joining on a season-long loan from Barcelona.
The Frenchman’s arrival brings more competition for places in Tottenham’s backline, which was already watertight towards the end of last season.
Reports indicate that Spurs see Lenglet as someone who can not only compete with Ben Davies for the left centre-back role but also with Eric Dier for the central sweeper role (Football.London).
The 27-year-old, who is used to playing in a back four, will have to get accustomed to the demands of playing in Conte’s back three, and he admitted that he is keen to pick the Spurs boss’ brain.
In his first interview with Spurs TV, Lenglet said about Conte: “It’s a ‘Mister’ who has won a lot of trophies, he has a lot of experience and for me, it’s a beautiful moment to work with the ‘Mister’ and to learn all he knows about football.”
Lenglet also admitted that he is fully focused on team objectives rather than individual ones for the upcoming campaign.
He added: “First of all, I want to be a good team-mate, to be a defender who can be strong, aggressive and help the group to win the ball. It’s very important first of all to be a good defender, after that, a good player and to help the team.”
Spurs web opinion
There is a clear pattern in terms of the personality of the players that Spurs are signing under Conte. Like Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusveski before him, Lenglet comes across as a dedicated and selfless professional, who puts the needs of the team first.
Have something to tell us about this article?