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Tottenham reportedly want manager that Redknapp made big claim about in 2017

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly opened talks with Inter Milan’s title-winning manager Antonio Conte despite his Chelsea past – but Harry Redknapp’s comments from 2017 might put Spurs off, claiming he would not have saved Sunderland.

Conte, 51, has starred since moving to the Nerrazzuri and guided Inter just last week to their first Serie A title since 2009-10. It was the first Serie A title won by another club other than Juventus since AC Milan won the league in 2010-11.

Corriere Dello Sport have claimed that Spurs have opened talks to hire Conte, and spoke about tactics and future as if he was Tottenham manager. However, it is believed that Conte’s loyalties remain to Inter – where he is paid £215,000 a week.

However, Spurs legend Redknapp gave an honest verdict of Conte four years ago – claiming that he would not have saved Sunderland from relegation as the Black Cats, under David Moyes, finished in rock-bottom 20th place.

“It doesn’t matter who would have gone in there. David Moyes is a top manager. You could have put Conte in there and he wouldn’t have kept Sunderland up either,” Redknapp claimed in 2017, as per JOE’s website.

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TBR’s view – Could Conte take Tottenham into the top four?

Conte is an excellent manager, with his own tactical style. At Chelsea he basically brought the three-man defence back into fashion – and it worked, winning the Premier League. But at Spurs, it is a different kind of task.

Spurs need to get into the back four but the ageing, bloated squad also need a complete reshuffle this summer. Can he take Spurs back into the Champions League places? Well, most managers could, if they the backing from Daniel Levy.

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