The Athletic’s James Maw has suggested that Tottenham fans should not be too concerned about the speculation linking Antonio Conte with a return to Juventus.
Over the last week, multiple reports from Italy (Paolo Bargiggia and Calciomercato) have claimed that Conte would be interested in taking the Juve job at the end of the season, which is why he is stalling on extending his contract with Spurs.
However, over the last 48 hours, both Alasdair Gold and Fabrizio Romano have poured cold water over suggestions that the Italian looks set to return to the Allianz Stadium.
Gold said on Football.London on Thursday that Spurs have the option to extend Conte’s deal by another year whenever they wish, and he also added that those close to the 53-year-old believe he would happy to have talks with the club regarding a new deal.
Fabrizio Romano subsequently said on his YouTube Channel that Juve do not have any immediate plans to sack Massimiliano Allegri and there has been no contact between the Serie A club and the Tottenham head coach.
Maw has become the latest journalist to assuage Spurs fans’ fears over losing Conte, explaining that the Tottenham boss does not have an entirely cordial relationship with the Juve hierarchy.
He said on The Atheltic’s The View from The Lane Podcast: “What I would say is that there’s a difference between Conte being interested in the job and the top brass at Juventus wanting Conte back because I don’t think the relationships there were entirely cordial at the point he left.
“There would be some rough edges to smooth over if that were the case. I don’t think we should be spiralling into depression on that one just yet on that one again, we did it so many times last season and it became a bit boring.”
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The one reason I am relatively confident that Conte will not be tempted by the idea of returning to Juve, is the Serie A club’s current economic position. The 53-year-old will not be able to build the kind of squad he would want to at Turin, while he is being given an opportunity to do so at Spurs.
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