Antonio Conte has opened up on his failed talks with Tottenham over the club’s vacant managerial role.
Conte held talks with the north London side after leaving Inter Milan this summer, with the former Chelsea boss considered amongst a wealth of candidates to replace Jose Mourinho, following his sacking in April.
The 51-year-old guided Inter to a first league title in 11 years last season and has won five titles in his past seven seasons at club level, though walked away from the Nerazzurri after being informed of the club’s need to cut costs.
Talks with the Spurs hierarchy failed to find a breakthrough however, reports suggesting that Conte had been left unconvinced by the club’s capability to challenge for major honours.
There were also understood to be reservations from Spurs, who were unsure of Conte’s commitment to blooding young players into the first team.
The Italian has now discussed the failed talks and indicated he was not convinced by the project at Spurs, suggesting he will wait for the right opportunity following his departure from the San Siro.
“Generally, I like the challenges and I’ve accepted many of them during my career,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Even the top clubs I coached were never the favourites when I arrived. However, if there’s something that doesn’t convince me I prefer not to accept regardless of the money.”
Conte insisted that his own wage demands were not a problem in negotiations with Spurs, revealing it was the club’s project that failed to convince as he looks for his next job in management.
“The market sets the price, but had I been obsessed by money, I would have stayed where I was in the past. I would have accepted compromises and obtained new contracts.
“I look for the projects instead and I am ready to stay at home if something is not convincing me. It has to do with vision, honesty and principles.”
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