Player’s agent claims Antonio Conte blocked Spurs man from joining AC Milan

According to his agent Roberto De Fanti, Japhet Tanganga has had two transfers to Italy collapse over the last year, with one of them being blocked by Antonio Conte.

Despite being a product of the club’s academy, Japhet Tanganga has not really progressed to the level Tottenham Hotspur would hope, it seems. The defender was little more than a peripheral figure under both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

The former gave Tanganga his big break at Spurs, but under Conte, the player found his opportunities drastically limited.

As a result, Tanganga had been consistently linked with a move away from Tottenham, with interest from Serie A clubs in January and over the summer. That interest failed to turn into a transfer, however, and Tanganga is now on loan at German side FC Augsburg for the season.

The problem is, the 24-year-old is currently injured so has yet to feature for the Bundesliga outfit, but he is due back in the near future.

Japhet Tanganga on the ball
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Tanganga had two moves fall through in recent years

Now, De Fanti has been speaking to TuttoMercatoWeb about Tanganga and the reasons why he is not at an Italian team right now.

De Fanti said: “His arrival [to Torino] was linked to an exit. The negotiation began when [Alessandro] Buongiorno was about to go to Atalanta. [Davide] Vagnati has always had a great passion for Tanganga, a defender who debuted with Mourinho and also played with Conte, who blocked his transfer to AC Milan in 2022.

“It then happened that Buongiorno did not go to Atalanta and the negotiation fell through. In the end, we defined the transfer on loan with the right of redemption to Augsburg, a German club very oriented to take players from the Premier League.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I feel for Tanganga, as he has never been given a proper chance at Spurs but was then not allowed to leave, either. Hopefully, he can get back fit as soon as possible and show what he can do at Augsburg.

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