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Why did Tottenham call off talks with Antonio Conte?

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Tottenham’s search for a new manager suffered a fresh blow after talks with Antonio Conte reportedly ended.

According to widespread reports, Tottenham have abandoned talks with Antonio Conte about the vacant manager’s role.

The former Chelsea boss, who ended a glorious two-year spell with Inter Milan in May, appeared set to replace Jose Mourinho as Spurs’ next manager. Talks reached an advanced stage, but they ultimately fell through.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s search for a new manager, therefore, continues almost seven weeks after sacking Mourinho.

Youth and money concerns for Tottenham

Levy held two intensive days of negotiations with Conte earlier this week. The Italian’s reputation for signing ready-made stars, however, was a concern. After all, the current financial climate from the COVID-19 pandemic has left Spurs on a restricted transfer budget.

Rather than rely on brute financial strength in the past, the Lilywhites have built teams through youth development.

According to The Telegraph, Spurs feared Conte wouldn’t give their talented youngsters a realistic route into the first team. The club chiefs also felt the Italian’s demands were ‘unrealistic’. Therefore, they have decided to pursue other managerial options.

Conte had major reservations of his own

Conte, meanwhile, believed Tottenham wouldn’t be able to match his lofty ambitions. The 51-year-old allegedly had major reservations of his own and didn’t get the assurances he sought.

The former Inter coach’s wish to bring over four staff members with him fell on deaf ears. Spurs were not interested, and it’s understood there was a €3 million difference between the parties in a salary proposal.

Harry Kane’s future was also up for discussion. Conte wanted assurances that Spurs wouldn’t sell their star striker as part of his efforts to build a championship-winning side quickly in London. He also had doubts over the club’s transfer budget.

Paratici still set for Spurs move

Despite the Conte setback, Tottenham still reportedly plan to welcome Fabio Paratici to north London.

The former Juventus sporting director remained tight-lipped on his future in his farewell press conference on Friday. He is, however, set to be confirmed at Spurs over the coming days.