‘You heard him yourself’ – Spurs star insists players aren’t distracted by Conte rumours 

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Antonio Conte
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Ryan Sessegnon has insisted that speculation over Antonio Conte’s future has not affected the Tottenham Hotspur squad. 

Reports from France emerged last week suggesting that Conte has offered himself to Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract to replace Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season (Le Parisien).

While the Italian dismissed the speculation as ‘fake news’ (Goal), he refused to commit his future to Tottenham despite being asked about next season on multiple occasions (Football.London).

Journalist Charlie Eccleshare said on The View from The Lane Podcast last week that the uncertainty over the 52-year-old’s future is ‘unsettling’ for the players but Sessegnon has dismissed those suggestions, insisting the squad is fully focused on their task at hand.

When asked if he hopes Conte stays, the 21-year-old told The Athletic: “Of course, he’s a top manager and he’s shown that with us this season. We hope he’s here next season and for us, the main objective is to get in that top four and then prepare for next season.”

When asked if the speculation over the Spurs boss’ future was unsettling from the squad, he responded: “Not really, not at all. We’re professionals and we focus on our game. 

“You heard him yourself it’s obviously false news, he’s focusing on here at the club. As players, we’re just focusing on our job going forward and that’s all we can do.”

The former Fulham man is now finally getting a run of games in his preferred left wing-back role under Conte and he admitted that he is growing in confidence with every game.

He said: “It has not been easy since I’ve been at the club, but step by step he gives me confidence in every game to go and do what I can do. For me it’s about believing in myself and getting in that positive run, feeling good and keep pushing.”

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The uncertainty over Conte’s future might actually be an additional motivating factor for the players rather than a distraction as they will know that qualifying for the Champions League could help convince the Italian to stick around next season.

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