January 18, 2022

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Antonio Conte confirmed as new Tottenham boss

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Tottenham have completed the appointment of Antonio Conte as head coach on an 18-month contract.

The former Chelsea boss finalised a return to English football on Tuesday morning following talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and managing director Fabio Paratici in London on Monday.

Conte is due to meet Tottenham’s players and is hoping to lead training for the first time on Tuesday. He will take charge of his first match at home to Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League on Thursday evening.

His deal is thought to include the option of a further season.

Levy has moved quickly after sacking Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday and hopes the arrival of Conte will give the club a much-needed lift, with Spurs having lost five of their opening 10 games of the Premier League season.

Spurs held talks with Conte over succeeding Jose Mourinho in June but they broke down over the Italian’s concerns over the club’s vision for success and his apparent reluctance to work with the young players in the squad.

However, an agreement has now been reached and Spurs have confirmed Conte has joined. Their statement reads: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Antonio Conte as our Head Coach on a contract until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend.”

Conte added: “I am extremely happy to return to coaching, and to do so at a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again.

“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 convey to the team and the fans the passion, mentality and determination that have always distinguished me, as a player and as a coach.

“Last summer our union did not happen 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 wasn’t yet the right time to return to coaching.

“But the contagious enthusiasm and determination of Daniel Levy in wanting to entrust me with this task had already hit the mark. Now that the opportunity has returned, I have chosen to take it with great conviction.”

Paratici and Conte worked together closely at Juventus. When he was once asked about Conte’s potential departure from the Serie A giants, Paratici replied: “Leave us? I don’t want to speak about this. I won’t ever speak about this. He is the absolute best. I don’t want to think of a Juventus without Antonio.”

Conte will be tasked with reviving a Spurs side currently ninth in the Premier League, with fixtures to come against Vitesse and Everton in the Europa Conference League and England’s top flight respectively this week.

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