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Antonio Conte turned down Tottenham in summer because he was ‘too emotionally involved’ with Inter

Antonio Conte insists he turned down Tottenham last summer because he was ‘still too emotionally involved’ with Inter Milan and says Daniel Levy’s ‘contagious enthusiasm’ earned him after joining on a £ 13 million contract.


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Tottenham’s new head coach Antonio Conte has made things clear on why he turned down the club in the summer, stressing that he was still “ emotionally involved ” after leaving Inter Milan, and praised Daniel Levy for convincing him to join.

Spurs have moved quickly after firing Nuno Espirito Santo following the team’s sad 3-0 defeat to Manchester United with President Levy and football director Fabio Paratici in talks with Conte and offering him an 18-month contract. with an extension option.

Conte, who was introduced as the new manager on Tuesday morning, was the club’s main goal to replace José Mourinho at the start of the season, but the Italian turned them down, with some reports claiming that he was not convinced with the project and I was afraid it would. not be backed by the market.

Antonio Conte insists that he turned down Tottenham in the summer because it was too soon after leaving his position at Inter Milan

The Italian had just won the Serie A title before quitting his job at San Siro.

The Italian had just won the Serie A title before quitting his job at San Siro.

The Italian had just won the Serie A title before quitting his job at San Siro.

The former Chelsea manager has been confirmed as Tottenham's new manager on an 18-month contract.

The former Chelsea manager has been confirmed as Tottenham's new manager on an 18-month contract.

The former Chelsea manager has been confirmed as Tottenham’s new manager on an 18-month contract.

But the former Chelsea boss has tried to clear up the reports, saying it was simply not the right time to start another coaching job as he had just resigned from his position at the San Siro, where he won the Serie A title.

Conte said it was Levy who played a crucial role in his decision, praising his “infectious enthusiasm” for convincing him and saying he would take on the role with “great conviction.”

“ Last summer our union did not materialize because the end of my relationship with Inter was still too recent and emotionally too involved with the end of the season, so I felt that it was not yet the right time to return to training ” ‘, said. Tottenham’s official website.

Daniel Levy was key in the conversations with his 'infectious enthusiasm', Conte said

Daniel Levy was key in the conversations with his 'infectious enthusiasm', Conte said

He promised to work with 'great conviction' to bring success to Tottenham

He promised to work with 'great conviction' to bring success to Tottenham

Conte praised Daniel Levy’s involvement in bringing him to the club, praising his ‘infectious enthusiasm’ while promising to work with ‘great conviction’

But Daniel Levy’s infectious enthusiasm and determination in entrusting me with this task had already hit the mark. Now that the opportunity has returned, I have chosen to seize it with great conviction ”.

Conte will earn £ 18 million on his short-term contract after arriving in North London and said he was excited to be working with his impressive training facilities and would try to make them ‘stars’ after years of poor performance.

“I am very happy to be a coach again and to do so in a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again,” he said, three years after leaving Chelsea.

Conte expressed his illusion to be back in the Premier League and promised to make the team 'protagonists'

Conte expressed his illusion to be back in the Premier League and promised to make the team 'protagonists'

Conte expressed his illusion to be back in the Premier League and promised to make the team ‘protagonists’

“Tottenham Hotspur has state-of-the-art facilities and one of the best stadiums in the world.

“I can’t wait to start working to transmit to the team and the fans the passion, the mentality and the determination that have always distinguished me, as a player and as a coach.”

More to follow.

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