Antonio Conte has opened up about his failed talks with Tottenham regarding the club’s vacant managerial role.
Conte has held talks with the north London side after leaving Inter Milan this summer, with the former Chelsea boss considered among a slew of candidates to replace Jose Mourinho, following his dismissal in April.
The 51-year-old led Inter to their first league title in 11 years last season and won five titles in the past seven seasons at club level, although he moved away from the Nerazzurri after being told he needed to cut costs.
Talks with the Spurs hierarchy failed to produce a breakthrough, however, and reports suggest that Conte has been left unconvinced of the club’s ability to challenge major titles.
It was also understood that there were reservations from Tottenham, who were unsure of Conte’s commitment to pushing young players into the first team.
The Italian has now discussed the failed talks and indicated that he is not convinced of the project at Tottenham, suggesting that he will wait for the right opportunity after his departure from the San Siro.
“In general, I love challenges and have accepted many of them throughout my career,” he said. Gazzetta dello sport.
“Even the top clubs I coached were never the favourites when I arrived. However, if something does not convince me, I would prefer not to accept it regardless of the money.”
Conte insisted his wage demands were not an issue in negotiations with Tottenham, revealing that it was the club’s project that failed to impress as he looked for his next job in management.
“The market sets the price, but if I was obsessed with money, I would have stayed where I was in the past. I would accept concessions and get new contracts.
“I am looking for projects instead and am willing to stay at home if something does not convince me. It is about vision, honesty and principles.”
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