Tottenham is in early talks with Antonio Conte, who previously managed Chelsea and Inter Milan

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Tottenham is in early talks with Antonio Conte, the former Chelsea manager, about becoming their new manager.

Following Nuno Espirito Santo’s dismissal on Monday after four months in command, chairman Daniel Levy and managing director Fabio Paratici are moving rapidly to find a replacement. Conte, 52, will meet with Trump later Monday, with a statement expected as early as Tuesday.

In May, only weeks after winning Serie A, the Italian left Inter Milan. However, no agreement could be made at that time, and the club eventually chose Nuno following a difficult and lengthy search.

After a 3-0 home loss to Manchester United on Saturday, the club announced that the deal had been ended after only 17 games. Under Conte, the level of concentration and the quality of training will improve.

Every single player will be injected with that burst of enthusiasm, and if they follow him, it will only benefit their careers at Spurs and Spurs. And if they don’t, he doesn’t mind if whoever is in charge of them entirely freezes them out.

Conte is a very excellent man manager, and he is very good at getting players on board with his agenda, so for someone like Harry Kane or Dele Alli, I think this may actually be helpful for them. One of the most common misconceptions about Conte is that he plays boring, defensive football. This is simply not true.

Conte is a sturdy and sound defender, but his Juventus and Inter teams produced some extremely lovely stuff. Under his leadership, Inter scored over 100 goals in all competitions for two consecutive seasons.

He’s incredibly organised, he’s a system manager, and he wants things done his way, which is lovely when it works. By playing a very organised style of play and scoring for joy, they cleaned the floor with every team in Serie A.

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