Report: Conte thinks player on Spurs’ books is not suited to the Premier League

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According to Estadio Deportivo, Giovani Lo Celso does not wish to return to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of his loan spell at Villarreal.

After struggling to make the expected impact during his two and a half years at Tottenham, Lo Celso has rediscovered his mojo since joining Villarreal on loan in January.

It was reported back in March that Spurs are ready to cash in on the Argentine in the summer and could even use him as a makeweight in a potential deal to sign Pau Torres from the Yellow Submarine (Football Insider).

Estadio Deportivo have now revealed that while Antonio Conte believes Lo Celso has a lot of talent, he does not think the midfielder is suited to the intensity and physicality of the Premier League.

This view is allegedly shared by the 25-year-old, who feels that he does not get enough protection in England. Lo Celso’s confidence is said to have been shattered by the constant injuries he picked up during his time at Spurs.

The report adds that Tottenham are willing to cash in on the former Real Betis man but they are not willing to take a massive hit on the transfer fee they paid for him. 

While Unai Emery’s side are thought to be keen on keeping Lo Celso, it is explained that they might not be able to afford a permanent deal, and could instead be hoping to extend his loan.

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We know that Paratici likes Pau Torres, given that we made an offer for the 25-year-old central defender last summer. 

We also know that the Spurs managing director loves a swap deal and that a left-sided centre-back is one of Antonio Conte’s priorities this summer.

If Torres does express a desire to leave Villarreal, a potential part-exchange deal with Lo Celso going the other way, would suit all parties. 

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