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Report: 'Superstar’ Tottenham Hotspur man is nowhere near Conte's first-team, his summer move was blocked
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Report: 'Superstar’ Tottenham Hotspur man is nowhere near Conte's first-team, his summer move was blocked

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has plenty of selection dilemmas ahead of him.

The Italian manager was speaking ahead of his side’s Champions League match against Sporting, relayed by Football London.

Conte spoke about the rotation necessary in Tottenham’s attack.

The fine form of Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski have made Conte’s life very difficult.

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He’s also now got even more fixture congestion to deal with in the future after their match against Manchester City was postponed.

Conte said: “For this reason, all the players have to accept the rotation especially up front, we have four players.

“For me especially it’s very difficult right now to drop one of these four players.

“I have to make the best decision for the team, also for the players.

Conte’s quotes will come as little surprise, but may have been hard to hear for one Spurs player.

Gil nowhere near Tottenham first team

In his report, Alasdair Gold highlights that Conte only spoke of ‘four’ attackers.

Kulusevski, Richarlison, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are fighting for three starting spots.

However, Gold believes that Conte think Gil isn’t ‘anywhere near a player for the present’.

This is a bitter blow for Gil, who was desperate to return to Valencia this summer.

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The 21-year-old had a promising spell at the Mestalla last season, and would have benefited from more first-team minutes.

Antonio Conte personally blocked his move away, with Tottenham unable to sign a replacement.

However, Gil has yet to play a minute of football for Spurs so far this season.

Even in their 4-1 drubbing of Southampton, the winger wasn’t able to make a cameo.

It seems as if Gil is nowhere near the first team right now, and as Gold says this will certainly ‘frustrate’ the Spaniard.

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