Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claims he wasn’t ‘convinced’ by the project sold to him by Tottenham’s board during negotiations to become the club’s next coach.
The Italian coach was in advanced negotiations with Tottenham earlier this month with a view to replacing Jose Mourinho at the club.
Conte is well-known for the high demands he places on a club’s board and he left Inter at the end of the campaign over a dispute over player sales, only a month after guiding them to the Serie A title.
Daniel Levy, Spurs’ chairman, is famously astute by contrast and after discussions with Conte’s representatives the negotiations broke down.
Conte was one of the best paid managers in the world during his time at Inter but he’s rejected suggestions his salary demands put him out of reach for the London club and says he has to be ‘convinced’ by a project before taking charge.
‘Money is not my obsession,’ said Conte. ‘I look at projects and I’m ready to stay at home if they don’t convince me.
‘I like difficult challenges but if there is something with a club that does not convince me, I prefer to say: no, thank you.’
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Tottenham’s search for a new manager has been unsuccessful so far, with the club appearing to fail with a move to reappoint Mauricio Pochettino as coach.
Former Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca is now the favourite to take charge of the team, with new sporting director Fabio Paratici recommending the Portuguese manager.
Ironically, Fonseca was sacked in April and replaced by Mourinho after his exit from the club.