Conte promises ‘attractive football’ to Tottenham fans

Jason Soutar
Antonio Conte shouting at his team

Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has promised to play ‘good and attractive football’ after replacing Nuno Espirito Santo.

Conte was confirmed as the new Spurs boss on Tuesday, taking his first job in management since leaving Inter Milan in May.

He guided the Nerazzurri to their first Serie A title in 11 years last season, helped by Romelu Lukaku’s 34 league goal contributions.

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His appointment has given Spurs fans newfound excitement for the season, after suffering five defeats in their opening ten Premier League matches under Nuno.

“To be Tottenham manager is a great pleasure, a great honour. Now for sure I want to repay this trust,” Conte told the club’s official website.

“My coaching philosophy is very simple, to play good football and attractive football for our fans with passion. To have a team stable, not up and down.

“The fans deserve to have a competitive team with a will to fight. I’ll do everything to deserve their support.”

The north Londoners wanted to appoint the 52-year-old in the summer, but the Italian head coach admitted it was too soon for him after leaving Inter.

He said: “There was a call from Tottenham in the summer but I was very clear. I had just finished with Inter Milan, two important very tough seasons.

“Honestly it wasn’t the right time to start another experience. I prefer to wait and enjoy the time with my family. Also because I think, emotionally, I was still with the last experience with Inter.

“Tottenham is an important club in England and around the world. The stadium and training ground are wonderful. The club and Daniel Levy wanted me strongly. This is a good opportunity, an honour to accept and become the manager.

“I have seen the training ground and I want to start work. These situations push you and increase the desire to do something important for the fans.”

Meanwhile, Conte’s first signing at the club could be AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.

The Ivorian is out of contract next summer, but Spurs could fend off competition by bringing the 24-year-old in during the winter transfer window.