Tottenham manager target Antonio Conte ridiculed club’s status in 2017 interview

Antonio Conte, who has been linked with the vacant Tottenham job, ridiculed the club’s status in the 2017 transfer window.

Conte has been out of work since leaving Inter last week, having helped the club win their first Serie A title since 2010.

The Italian has been linked with a return to the Premier League, having been with Chelsea, where he won the title in 2017.

It was at Chelsea where had the jibe at London rivals Tottenham, calling out their lack of ambition in the transfer market as they aimed to make a push for the title.

“If they don’t win the title, it’s not a tragedy (at Tottenham),” Conte said

“If they don’t arrive in the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy.

“If they go out in the first round of the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy.

“If they go out after the first game that they play in the Europa League and go down against Gent, it is not a tragedy.”

Conte also added that expectations were different at other top English clubs, stating that windows with no transfers wouldn’t be welcome.

“For Chelsea, Arsenal, City, United and Liverpool, it is a tragedy.”

“You must understand this. You must understand the status of the team.”

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It was the previous two seasons when Tottenham pushed both Leicester City and Chelsea until the final weeks of the season in the title race, ultimately falling short.

They then failed to build on the squad as transitions were made having temporarily moved from White Hart Lane to Wembley Stadium as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was being built.

Despite that, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were competitive both domestically and in Europe, even going as far as the final of the Champions League final in 2019.

Conte, though, was unimpressed with the transfer activity.

“If their ambitions are to win or fight for the title or try to win the Champions League, you must buy expensive players.

“Otherwise you continue to stay in your level…it’s simple.”

Since sacking Jose Mourinho, Tottenham have been linked to a host of top-level coaches.

Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, ex-RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick, Brighton’s Graham Potter and Belgium’s Roberto Martinez were the top candidates, but Conte’s availability has reportedly changed plans.

The reported desire to leave from star forward Harry Kane will also have influenced Spurs’ decision, as they hope to bolster their chances on the trophy-winning front.

With the transfer window set to begin again and preparations for the 2021-22 campaign set to commence in July, they will want to name their new head coach soon.

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