'Big surprise': Conte stunned by one Tottenham player who's been giving '120 percent' in training
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'Big surprise': Conte stunned by one Tottenham player who's been giving '120 percent' in training

Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has praised Clement Lenglet for his efforts while on loan at Spurs.

The Tottenham manager, speaking to football.london, also responded when asked about the Frenchman’s future.

Lenglet is on a season-long loan at Spurs from Barcelona, and has done well for Conte’s side when called upon.

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The 27-year-old has made 15 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham, registering one goal and two assists.

Lenglet was named in Conte’s starting XI for the Boxing Day clash at Brentford.

He provided the assist for Harry Kane’s header, setting him up with a left-footed cross into the penalty area.

Although Lenglet has been good for Tottenham, it remains to be seen whether Spurs sign him permanently.

‘A great player’

On the subject of his future, Conte said: “I don’t know the situation about his contract.

“I can make an evaluation from what I see in the training and on the pitch and I can give my opinion.

“Then it is down to the club.”

That said, Conte seems pleased with Lenglet’s efforts and output so far at N17.

“Clement is really good player,” said the Spurs boss.

“We are talking a player who played five years in Barcelona.

“When you play so many years in this type of club, it means you are a great player.

“He needed to put himself into a new challenge and when I spoke with him this summer, I was very clear with him.

“If you come with us and you deserve to play, you will play.

“I said I think you are a really good player with a good personality.

“I can tell you it was a big, big surprise for me in a positive way for his attitude, for his commitment, for his behaviour.

“He is not 100 percent in the training session, he is 120 percent if he starts or if he doesn’t start.

“We are talking about a really good player and our choice was really good.”

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It’s good to hear Conte praising Lenglet for doing well, but at the same time, Conte’s right to hold his cards close to his chest.

If Spurs do decide to sign him, they’ll have to thrash out a deal with Barca, as their current arrangement is reportedly a straight loan.

Besides, if Tottenham don’t have to make their mind up until the end of the season, then they may as well just cross that bridge when they come to it.

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