'He wanted to': Conte says Daniel Levy sent a strong message to Tottenham players in November 2021
Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte believes Daniel Levy sent a message to Spurs’ rivals and their own players two months ago.
Levy decided to show Nuno Espirito Santo the door just four months after appointing him. Tottenham were then linked with a whole host of managerial options, but the Spurs chairman decided to go all-in on Conte in November last year, and it is proving to be the right decision.
In his press conference yesterday, the Italian was quizzed about Harry Kane’s future. It’s no secret that the Spurs superstar wanted to leave in the summer, but Conte believes the striker is happy now and has claimed that his appointment as the manager was a message by Levy to Tottenham players, saying that the club is moving in the right direction.
Here’s what the Spurs boss said in his press conference ahead of their game against Chelsea…
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Antonio Conte: Levy sent a message to Tottenham players by appointing me
Conte said, as per The Telegraph: “I understand Harry’s situation. Because, for sure, when you finish your career and it is good, you can see your appearances and the team wherever you played. But, at the same time, I think that it’s right also when you finish your career to see what you have won.
“I think that this is important, especially for top, top players. Because sometimes it happens that important and top players finish their career with a couple of titles. And instead, other players who are medium or medium-low finish their career with many titles.
“I think that Tottenham, to bring me here, I think that he (Daniel Levy) wanted to send a signal outside. I think so. And maybe, also to our players. Now, we see what happens because then after taking the coach that is used to winning, then you have to do it.”
Kane was desperate to leave Tottenham but Levy stood firm. The Spurs chairman knew that he had to do something after the summer transfer window ended to make sure his star striker was happy, and Conte’s appointment may just help him do that.
The only reason Kane wanted to move on was to win trophies. The chances of that happening at Spurs looked extremely small, but by appointing a proven winner like Conte, who has won league titles at each of his last three clubs, Levy may just convince his star man to commit his future to Tottenham.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Kane in the summer. Just appointing Conte will not be enough, Spurs have to challenge the best sides in the country and be contenders for silverware. If they can do that, their chances of keeping hold of their best player will increase considerably.
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