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Conte leaves door open for Italy return amid stalled Tottenham talks

Antonio Conte at Tottenham
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Conte’s current deal at Tottenham expires next summer.

Antonio Conte has hinted at a possible return to Italian football amid uncertainties over his Tottenham future.

The former Inter manager returned to San Siro as Tottenham faced Milan in the Champions League last-16 round on Tuesday.

An early goal from Brahim Diaz was enough for the hosts to beat Conte’s men in the first-leg game.

Speaking in a post-match press conference, Conte said: 

 “Playing here in the San Siro as a player and manager is special, is unique,” Conte said. “The San Siro is a historical stadium, it’s a beautiful one, it is always packed with people, it is full, and I love the fact whether it is Milan or Inter, the stadium is always crowded.

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“It is very good for Milan and the stadium. I am pleased for both groups of fans. Today this beautiful setting was playing against us, the Milan supporters were singing all the time and it is evident they were the 12th man tonight, this will be helpful with us when we play the second leg.

“I prefer to live in the present, I don’t want to think about the future but you perfectly know that as an Italian man and the former Italy manager, Italy is in my heart and Italy will always stay there. I will never exclude the possibility that I will be back here one day, who knows.”

According to widespread reports in English media, Tottenham still hope to keep Conte for another year. But there has been no progress in the negotiations between the two parties.