Antonio Conte: Tottenham call off plans to appoint Italian as new head coach

Antonio Conte remained unconvinced Tottenham are a team ready to win trophies immediately, according to Sky Italy; Spurs had concerns over Conte's reluctance to work with promising young players at the club

Antonio Conte has been in talks with Tottenham
Image: Antonio Conte has been in talks with Tottenham

Tottenham have called off plans to appoint Antonio Conte as their new head coach following a breakdown in talks.

Negotiations were at a standstill on Friday evening, with Spurs holding concerns over some of Conte's demands including a reluctance to work with promising young players at the club.

According to Sky Italy, Conte had major doubts about becoming Tottenham's next head coach and was inclined to turn the offer down.

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Paul Gilmour reports as talks between Tottenham and Antonio Conte over the possibility of the Italian becoming the new Spurs boss have broken down.

Fabio Paratici, who left Juventus last month and worked with Conte between 2011 and 2014, remains close to joining Spurs as their new sporting director.

After considering the role for several days, Conte remained unconvinced Spurs were a team ready to win trophies immediately.

The Italian has won five league titles in the last decade and is looking for another 'winning project'.

He was trying to understand if it were possible to bridge the gap with the top four or five Premier League teams in a short period of time, with Spurs having finished 24 points behind champions Manchester City.

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Conte's record as club manager since 2011

2011 Siena 2nd (P, Serie B)
2012 Juventus Champions (Serie A)
2013 Juventus Champions (Serie A)
2014 Juventus Champions (Serie A)
2017 Chelsea Champions (Premier League)
2018 Chelsea 5th (Premier League)
2020 Inter Milan 2nd (Serie A)
2021 Inter Milan Champions (Serie A)

It is understood Spurs would not have pressured him to win trophies.

Conte may now decide to take a year out of management.

Tottenham's Premier League finishes since 2011-12

2011-12 4th
2012-13 5th
2013-14 6th
2014-15 5th
2015-16 3rd
2016-17 2nd
2017-18 3rd
2018-19 4th
2019-20 6th
2020-21 7th

A potential appointment would have marked a return to England for the 51-year-old three years after he left Chelsea, where he won the Premier League and FA Cup during two seasons in charge.

Conte joined Chelsea after Euro 2016 having previously coached Italy for two years.

Spurs have been searching for a new permanent manager since sacking Jose Mourinho in April. Ryan Mason took temporary charge for the remainder of the season as the club finished seventh in the Premier League.

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Former Tottenham defender Stephen Kelly believes Conte would want assurances over the future of Harry Kane

Last week, it emerged Mauricio Pochettino was in talks with Spurs over a sensational return to the club after less than six months in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.

Ancelotti: Bale can still play for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale scored 16 times in 34 appearances in all competitions on loan at Tottenham this season
Image: Gareth Bale scored 16 times in 34 appearances in all competitions on loan at Tottenham this season

Gareth Bale is coming back to Real Madrid and can enjoy a great next season there if he is "motivated", says the club's new head coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Bale spent the 2020/21 campaign on-loan at Tottenham where he struggled for match fitness and first-team minutes under former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, but the Wales international finished the season in good form, scoring a hat-trick against Sheffield United and two goals against Leicester City.

The 31-year-old, who is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract at the Bernabeu, has said he will reveal what his future plans are following Wales' involvement in the European Championships. In March, he dismissed any talk of retiring after the tournament.

Ancelotti and Bale won the Champions League and Copa del Rey together in 2014 and the Welshman scored in the finals of both competitions. The Italian insists he remains a huge admirer of Bale and thinks he can still have an impact for Real, despite being frozen out by Ancelotti's predecessor Zinedine Zidane.

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