‘Big engine’ – Conte impressed with ‘technically good’ Tottenham star

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Tottenham boss Conte

Antonio Conte is impressed with Tottenham Hotspur’s January signing Dejan Kulusevski.

The 21-year-old arrived at Tottenham on deadline day from Italian giants Juventus. He has hit the ground running as he notched his fifth assist against Newcastle on Sunday.

Kulusevski has also scored twice and he has been able to strike up an impactful partnership with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min. Together the trio have 27 goal contributions from Spurs’ last eight league games.

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Conte, who tried to sign the winger when he was in charge of Inter Milan, believes he is a big player for now and the future.

“We are talking about a player that I know very well, because he played in Italy,” he said. “He started to play with Atalanta, then Atalanta brought (sent) him on loan to Parma, and he played in Serie A. And he played in a fantastic way.

“When I was coach of Inter, I tried to ask him, but then Juventus moved before. Maybe they put more money than us at the time, and then they bought this player.

“We are talking about a player who is only 21 years old. And he has to continue to play this way. Because he’s strong physically, big engine, he’s good technically.

“I think for Tottenham, this is a great signing for the present and for the future. We are talking about really, really strong.”

He arrived on the same day as midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, who also signed from Juventus, and the pair have helped transform Tottenham’s season.

“I said that with these two players, despite that we lost four players in January, with these two new signings we made this squad more complete, with more balance,” Conte added.

“I think that it’s very important in football to have a clear idea, and to have a good vision. Because in this way, the situation is more simple.”