Conte appointed new Tottenham manager

Conte has previously led Chelsea to the Premier League title

Tottenham have appointed former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte as their new manager until the summer of 2023.

Tottenham says there is “an option to extend” the contract of Conte, 52, with them.

“I am very happy to be a coach again and to do so for a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again,” Conte said.

The Italian returns to London after winning the Premier League in his first season at Chelsea (2016-17) and the FA Cup in his second before being sacked in 2018.

He then led Inter Milan to their first Serie A title in 11 years prior. leaving the club in May.

Conte had been in charge for two years and Inter said it was a mutual decision to end their contract with one year remaining.

The former Juventus and Italy coach was in talks with Tottenham in the summer to become José Mourinho’s successor.

But negotiations stopped before the Spurs appointed former Wolves coach Nuno in late June, and the 47-year-old Portuguese coach lasted just four months.

“I can’t wait to start working to convey to the team and the fans the passion, the mentality and the determination that have always distinguished me, as a player and as a coach,” Conte said.

“Last summer our union did not materialize because the end of my relationship with Inter was still too recent and emotionally too involved with the end of the season, so I felt that it was not yet the right time to go back to training.”

“But the contagious enthusiasm and determination of [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy, wanting to entrust me with this task, had already hit the mark.

“Now that the opportunity has returned, I have chosen to seize it with great conviction.”

Conte’s first game will be at home against Dutch team Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League on Thursday before the Spurs play Everton in the league on Sunday.

“His track record speaks for itself, with vast experience and trophies in both Italy and England,” said Tottenham managing director of football Fabio Paratici.

“I know first-hand the qualities that Antonio can bring us, having worked with him at Juventus, and I look forward to seeing his work with our talented group of players.”

Club dates Games To win % Trophies
Inter de Milan May 19 – May 21 102 62.75 A series
Chelsea July 16 – July 18 106 66.04 Premier League, FA Cup
Italy August 14 – June 16 24 58.33
Juventus May 11 – July 14 129 67.44 Serie A (3), Coppa Italia (2)
Siena May 10 – May 11 44 fifty
Atalanta September 9 – January 10 14 21.43
Bari December 07 – June 09 67 47.76 B series
Arezzo March 07 – June 07 fifteen 53.33
Arezzo July 06 – October 06 12 25

Analysis

Simon Stone, BBC Sport football reporter

Antonio Conte will become one of the highest paid coaches in the Premier League and joins the roster of high profile coaches now working in the English top flight.

His duels with Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel in particular will be fascinating.

The speed with which this agreement was made underscores the commitment that soccer managing director Fabio Paratici has to this job and, while the option of an extension of Conte’s 18-month contract was expected, it does suggest a long-term planning element.

Tottenham accept Conte’s demanding style, but Paratici in particular feels that his Italian compatriot is exactly what the club needs to push them forward.

The two worked together at Juventus and it is believed that Paratici pushed the process to bring Conte to Tottenham after the summer talks did not reach a positive conclusion.

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