Everyone thought we would be seeing Antonio Conte at Tottenham Hotspur for the 2021/22 season and that we would be seeing the North Londoners launch a serious challenge for available silverware.
Well, it seems it was not to be as reported discussions between the two parties were called off after failing to reach an agreement.
Conte has now come out to say that the manager vacancy at Tottenham was not a very convincing project for him to accept. Reports suggested that an agreement was close before a breakdown last Thursday.
According to Standard Sport, Spurs were the ones that withdrew due to Conte’s demands. However, the former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager has claimed that it was him that backed away from the discussion table.
“Generally, I like the challenges and I’ve accepted many of them during my career,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Even the top clubs I coached were never the favourites when I arrived. However, if there’s something that doesn’t convince me I prefer not to accept regardless of the money.”
He went on to speak about his decision to leave Inter Milan after a title-winning campaign, adding that his decisions are never based on money.
He said: “The market sets the price, but had I been obsessed by money, I would have stayed where I was in the past. I would have accepted compromises and obtained new contracts.
“I look for the projects instead and I am ready to stay at home if something is not convincing me. It has to do with vision, honesty and principles.”