Inter Milan star ‘wants reunion’ with Conte at Spurs

Jason Soutar
Antonio Conte watches Ivan Perisic with the ball

According to reports, Ivan Perisic wants to reunite with Antonio Conte at Tottenham with his Inter Milan contract expiring at the end of the season.

The pair worked together at Inter and won the Serie A title last season, the club’s first Scudetto since their treble-winning 2009/10 campaign under Jose Mourinho.

Perisic signed for the Nerazzurri from Wolfsburg in 2015, spending the 19/20 season on loan at Bayern Munich where he won the Champions League.

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He played 42 times in all competitions last term under Conte, including 32 times in the league, scoring five goals and providing five assists.

According to Sport1 journalist Patrick Berger, the Croatian is interested in reuniting with the Italian head coach at Spurs.

Berger said on Twitter: “A transfer of Ivan Perisic back to the Bundesliga (BVB or Wolfsburg) won’t happen.

“The contract of the 32yo Croatian [at] Inter runs out in [the] summer. There are talks to extend.

“But [Perisic] is also thinking about to join Tottenham where he could work with his ex-boss Antonio Conte.”

Meanwhile, Conte has confirmed that defender Cristian Romero will be out until 2022 after picking up a hamstring injury whilst playing for Argentina.

The Italian said: “The news is not positive, the injury is serious. It will take time before we see him again. Surely next year, we have to check his injury week by week, but the injury is serious.

“Now he is trying to recover but he needs a long time to recover. It is a pity because he is an important player for us, the injury is very serious.

“I don’t know, January, February. But for 2021 he has finished to play. We have to wait and recover well.”

Romero’s Argentina team-mate Giovani Lo Celso, who also returned from international duty with an injury, will also not be fit to face Brentford on Thursday.

“Giovani Lo Celso, like Cristian Romero, they were injured with the national team,” Conte said.

“For sure it was a pity but Giovani’s situation is much, much better than Romero.”