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Tottenham appoints Antonio Conte as new manager

Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Antonio Conte, former Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan coach, to replace Nuno Espirito Santo.

Conte, who signed a deal until 2023 with an extra time option, returns to the Premier League after winning the division with Chelsea in 2017 and the FA Cup a year later. He also won Serie A during his stints at Juventus and Inter. Conte left Inter in May after his title success amid reports the club had to cut costs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“I am extremely happy to return to training, and to do so at a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again,” said Conte. “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 has always set me apart, as a player and as a coach.

“Last summer our union did not take place 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 it was not still a good time to resume training.

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

The Italian has also been approached to take over at Tottenham ahead of the 2021-22 campaign ahead of Nuno’s appointment. Other names in the frame after Jose Mourinho’s exit included Paulo Fonseca, Mauricio Pochettino, Graham Potter, Gennaro Gattuso, Erik ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers and Julian Nagelsmann as Tottenham led a chaotic process to appoint a new manager.

Sources told ESPN that Conte’s willingness to rekindle talks was the latest factor leading Tottenham to decide to part ways with Nuno, who has only managed 17 games in total. Nuno was sacked after Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League home loss to Manchester United.

Football General Manager Fabio Paratici said: “We are delighted to welcome Antonio to the club. His record speaks for itself, with extensive experience and trophies in Italy and England.

“I know firsthand the qualities Antonio can bring to us, having worked with him at Juventus, and I look forward to seeing his work with our talented group of players.”

Sources added that a number of senior players lost confidence in Nuno after a poor start to the season in which he became Spurs’ first manager since Christian Gross in 1997 to lose five of his first 10 Premier League games. in charge.

But it was the severity of the fans’ reaction to Saturday’s loss that shocked club figures the most, leading them to consider Nuno’s future the next day.

Information from ESPN correspondent James Olley was used in this report

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