Antonio Conte likely to become the next Tottenham Hotspurs manager

Antonio Conte could take over as permanent Tottenham Hotspurs manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho back in April this year.

Conte’s entourage held talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over potential demands and targets for next season. One of these demands reportedly happens to be the recruitment of former Juventus man Fabio Paratici as the new Director Of Football at Spurs. The pair previously worked together at Juventus.

Conte is a free agent after he resigned as Inter Milan manager despite guiding them to the ‘Scudetto’ – the top-flight Serie A crown. This was Inter’s first league title since 2010 and ended Juventus’s dominant run of 9 league titles in a row. At the end of the season, Conte fell out with Inter’s owners after plans were made to cash in on some of their key players in order to ride out the losses incurred during the coronavirus pandemic.

Levy reportedly made an unsuccessful bid at bringing back Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino who is understood to be unhappy at the French club. Pochettino previously managed Spurs and led them to a Champions League final before being sacked in November 2019. Jose Mourinho succeeded Pochettino Spurs manager but was sacked after just 17 months in charge before a League Cup final against Manchester City. Ryan Mason was appointed as caretaker manager till the end of the season after Mourinho’s sacking.

However, PSG is reluctant with letting Pochettino leave after just half a season in charge and Levy turned his attention to wooing Conte. Conte has previously managed their London rivals – Chelsea – and guided them to Premier League and FA Cup titles in his two seasons there.

Levy said he wanted to bring back “entertaining and attacking football” to Tottenham. Spurs also need to resolve the future of England captain Harry Kane, who wants to leave the club, with Manchester City and Chelsea among the teams interested in his services.

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