Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has refused to rule out a move away from the newly-crowned Italian champions this summer, fuelling speculation that he could be set to replace Jose Mourinho at Tottenham. The 51-year-old has been heavily linked with the vacancy in north London, with recent reports suggesting that talks have already been held between Spurs and the manager’s representatives.
Conte secured Inter’s first Scudetto since 2010 with four games to spare earlier this month, ending the nine-year dominance of Juventus in emphatic fashion.
The signings of Romelu Lukaku, Achraf Hakimi and Nicolo Barella in particular have played a huge role in shaping the Milan club’s fortunes.
Conte’s achievements in Serie A have reportedly alerted Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to the possibility of securing his services ahead of next season.
The likes of Graham Potter and Scott Parker have also been mentioned in connection with Spurs in recent weeks, but the Inter boss is believed to be near the top of Levy’s wish list.
He remains under contract with his current employers until next summer, but has suggested that a new challenge could be on the horizon by refusing to write off the rumours surrounding his immediate future.
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“I’ll be staying or leaving Inter? Now we enjoy the celebrations, then we’ll meet and decide,” Conte told Le Iene.
“We will choose the best destiny for Inter.”
Ryan Mason has taken charge at Spurs on a temporary basis until the end of the campaign, and it seems unlikely that the 29-year-old will be trusted with the role into next season and beyond.
Conte’s proven track record of winning titles and cups is likely to appeal to Levy, with Spurs wasting another chance to end their 13-year wait for major honours in last month’s Carabao Cup final.
He also boasts Premier League pedigree after finding success at Chelsea between 2016 and 2018.
The Inter boss led the Blues to domestic glory in his first season at Stamford Bridge before clinching the FA Cup the following year.
Spurs are said to have approached Conte with a view to sealing his appointment, according to Corriere Dello Sport, with the report also claiming that transfer discussions have already taken place in advance of a formal move for his services.
However, it remains to be seen whether Levy will continue to pursue the Lecce native as the search for Tottenham’s next manager begins to heat up.
Meanwhile, former Spurs defender Stephen Kelly recently urged the club to go after outgoing Germany boss Joachim Loew, who will be replaced by Hansi Flick of Bayern Munich after this summer’s European Championships.
“I think someone like a Joachim Loew,” Kelly told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“He is leaving Germany in the summer. He has said that he is going to walk away from the Germany national team. He has been there for a long time.
“I just feel that if you are looking for a name that’s won everything, maybe he might be someone.”