Conte hints at long-term stay at Tottenham, admits they ‘exploited’ Man Utd’s problems last season

Date published: Friday 29th July 2022 5:19 - Lewis Oldham

Conte speaks on Tottenham

Antonio Conte has suggested that he can “work for many years” at Tottenham Hotspur after he was backed in the transfer market.

Conte was mentioned as a possible replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd. But Gary Neville and the club’s hierarchy were against this. 

The ex-Chelsea boss replaced Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham Hotspur. This has proved to be an inspired appointment as he helped them finish last season fourth in the Premier League.

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Man Utd were 13 points adrift in sixth and they look to be far behind Tottenham in the pecking order ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Spurs have been busy this summer as they have signed the likes of Richardson, Yves Bissouma and Clement Lenglet.

Conte will be keen for Tottenham to kick on and finish higher than fourth next season. It is the manager’s priority to make his team more “competitive” than they have been in the past:

“As I’ve said before, our project, our plan is to try to become competitive, more than the past,” Conte said during a press conference (via talkSPORT).

“But you know very well that in football you build something important in one day, one month, one year you have go step by step and try to increase the quality, increase the number of players in your squad.

“Don’t forget that when a team stays in the top four and play European games you need to face four competitions in the best possible way.”

Conte went onto suggest that he may “work for many years” at Tottenham Hotspur:

“To do this [to be in the top four] you need a good squad with good quality, we are trying to do this but we have just started this process,” he added.

“Last season I think we worked very well to reach a place in the Champions League.

“At the same time I think we exploited problems, [Manchester] United‘s problems and in the last three games Arsenal were four points up on us and for this reason we have to continue with the club to build with the players, to continue to improve them.

“They have a lot of space for improvement. This is a young team and we can work for many years together to improve and fight with the best teams in England and in Europe.”


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