Tottenham CONFIRM Conte as boss, Spurs £150m warchest EXCLUSIVE, Newcastle 'set to appoint Emery', Chelsea transfer news

TOTTENHAM have confirmed Antonio Conte as their new manager – and will give the Italian a huge £150m warchest to rebuild the squad.

Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked on Monday morning and Daniel Levy has wasted no time in bringing in his successor.

SunSport revealed how Conte will earn a whopping £290k-a-week in North London, where he has signed a two-year deal.

Meanwhile, Newcastle reportedly want to announce former Arsenal boss Unai Emery as their new manager this week.

And we've the very latest from Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel eyes reinforcements in January for their title push.

Stay up to date with all the latest from around the clubs with our live blog…

  • The Sun

    LAW & ORDER

    Disgraced Fifa President Sepp Blatter AND ex-Uefa boss Michel Platini have BOTH been charged with fraud by Swiss legal chiefs.

    The Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office announced it had brought the charges against both men in connection with £1.6m in payments made to the Frenchman betweren 1998 and 2002.

    Both men were hit by eight year bans from the game – later cut to six years – in 2015 following the Fifa-Gate scandal that brought Blatter’s Zurich reign to an end.

    But now both could be jailed if the charges are proved.

    Blatter, now 85, has been charged with “possible embezzlement”, “unfaithful agency” and “forgery of documents” with regard to a series of cash payments to Platini.

    The former Juventus schemer and France boss, 66, is charged with fraud, “possible participation in embezzlement”, “participation as a helper in unfaithful agency” and “forgery of documents”.

    Justifying the charges, the Prosecutors state: “Between 1998 and 2002, Michel Platini worked as an advisor to the then FIFA President Joseph Blatter. 

    “Annual compensation of CHF 300,000 (£240,000) was agreed for this consultancy activity in 1999 in a written contract signed by both Blatter and Platini. 

    “The compensation agreed in accordance with this contract has been invoiced by Platini and paid in full by FIFA.

    “Over eight years after the end of this consultancy activity, Platini asserted a claim in the amount of CHF 2m (£1.6m) 

    “With the assistance of Blatter, a corresponding payment was initiated by FIFA to Platini at the beginning of 2011. 

    “The evidence gathered has reinforced the suspicion that this payment to Platini was made without a legal basis. 

    “This payment damaged FIFA’s assets and unlawfully enriched Platini.”

    Blatter and Platini have consistently denied any impropriety, even after they were banned by Fifa.

  • The Sun

    CONTRACT REBEL

    According to reports, Ousmane Dembele has delayed contract talks with Barcelona amid interest from Man Utd, Chelsea and Juventus.

    The Frenchman’s contract at the Nou Camp is due to expire at the end of this season and the club are keen to tie him down to a new deal.

    But Dembele and his team have put a hold on talks in order to scope out prospective offers from the interested clubs.

    Dembele’s priority is to remain with the Spanish giants, but he and his team are keen to see what other options are available.

    The injury-hit Frenchman has never really hit his best form for Barcelona, having signed for £138m from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

    And to lose him on a free in the summer would be disastrous for Barca, with Dembele having only managed 81 league games in his four years at the club.

  • The Sun

    HENRY SPEAKS OUT

    Thierry Henry has demanded social media companies get serious about online hate – and backed draft proposals to jail abusers.

    The France and Arsenal legend said the latest cascade of bile directed at Wilf Zaha, which saw Instagram telling the Crystal Palace striker to report each post individually before action could be considered, represented a new low.

    Henry said: “These companies seem unwilling to act.

    “When they want to do something, like when someone posts a video that is a breach of copyright, then they have an algorithm for that, because it might impact their pockets.

    “But when it comes to taking care of other people, being human, nothing happens because it doesn’t generate money. What happened with Wilf Zaha shows that, again.

    “These companies are just not willing to do anything and there have to be laws that make them more accountable for what goes on their platforms.”

    Henry, speaking at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, said he had persuaded Puma to join the “Game Of Our Lives” online activist programme.

    He added: “I would support jail sentences for these people who abuse players.

    “If these things took place on the street, the perpetrator would be arrested and charged, to stop them but it seems that, at the moment, you can do whatever you want on social media. That is a massive mistake and it has to stop.”

    Henry publicly quit all social media in March, explaining: “The companies aren’t doing anything near what’s required for us to feel safe.

    “They don’t stop racism, homophobia, bullying or harassment. If you’re a player, you learn to scroll down the comments very  fast because there have been no real efforts to change things.

    “There are no proper checks, anyone, any age, can set up an alias with a fake email address. To be fair to the Premier League in England, they have raised these issues and kept on raising them, to fight this online hate.

    “The FA, too, everyone in football, has been responsive. They listen to what the players are saying. But the players are still asking for it to stop. It must change.”

  • The Sun

    UNAI’S TOP PICKS

    With Unai Emery’s appointment at Newcastle close to being confirmed, SunSport looked at how they could line-up next season under the Spaniard.

    Bernd Leno was signed by Emery in 2018, and has lost his starting place this season to Aaron Ramsdale, so could be available in a cut-price deal from the Gunners.

    Pau Torres is currently Emery’s star defender at Villarreal and a Spanish international – so would add some much needed steel at the back.

    Emery could also launch an audacious bid for Gunners defender William Saliba after signing the 20-year-old for them three years ago, who still hasn’t featured.

    Newcastle’s new owners reportedly want Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos in midfield, believing the 33-year-old can help kickstart their pursuit of silverware.

    At right-back, Emery could target 19-year-old Villarreal starlet Yeremi Pino, meanwhile Jesse Lingard could end his Man Utd hell with a switch to Newcastle.

    Emery could also push for a reunion with PSG winger Julian Draxler, who is struggling for game time at the Parc des Princes under Mauricio Pochettino.

    He could also move for Alexandre Lacazette, who is out of contract at the end of the season and could be available on a free transfer next summer.

  • The Sun

    UNAI ON THE MOVE

    According to reports, Unai Emery will take charge of Villarreal tonight against Young Boys in what will be his 74th and last game at the club.

    The former Arsenal manager turns 50 tomorrow and could be set to travel to England to finalise his move to Newcastle.

    Reports suggest he is keen to get started in time to be in the dugout for their next league game against Brighton on Saturday.

  • The Sun

    ITALIAN REUNION

    New Spurs manager Antonio Conte has already worked with their director of football, Fabio Paratici, at Juventus – where they won three consecutive Serie A titles together between 2011-2014.

    Following the confirmation of Conte’s appointment at Spurs, Paratici has said: “Conte’s track record speaks for itself, with vast experience and trophies in both Italy and England.

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

    Spurs are currently ninth on 15 points after ten games, but are just five points away from the top four, and a turnaround in form could see them jump up the table very quickly.

    They are also competing in the Europa Conference League and will take on West Ham in the EFL Cup quarter final in December, giving Conte multiple opportunities to win silverware.

  • The Sun

    ANT THAT SOMETHING

    After being formally announced as the new Spurs manager, Antonio Conte has finally broken his silence as to why he didn’t join Spurs in the summer.

    He said: “Last summer our union did not happen 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 wasn’t yet the right time to return to coaching.”

    He also added: “The contagious enthusiasm and determination of Daniel Levy in wanting to entrust me with this task had already hit the mark. Now that the opportunity has returned, I have chosen to take it with great conviction”

  • The Sun

    CONTE CONFIRMED

    Antonio Conte has been officially confirmed as the new Tottenham manager today following yesterday’s sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo.

    He has signed an 18-month contract and will earn £15m-per-year.

    Upon joining Spurs, Conte said: “I am extremely happy to return to coaching, and to do so at a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again.

    “Tottenham Hotspur has state-of-the-art facilities and one of the best stadiums in the world.

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

    “Last summer our union did not happen 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 wasn’t yet the right time to return to coaching.

  • The Sun

    EDE ON HIS WAY OUT

    Eden Hazard is reportedly set for crunch talks with Real Madrid to discuss his future, with a potential move to Chelsea or Newcastle on the cards in the summer.

    Despite his limited playing time under Carlo Ancelotti, Hazard will not leave Madrid in January, according to Marca.

    But a move in the summer for the 30-year-old looks likely, with Ancelotti saying: “Never in my career as a coach have I forced a player to stay when they want to leave.”

    Having scored 85 goals and provided 54 assists in 245 Premier League appearances, Hazard remains a fan favourite at Chelsea.

    And Thomas Tuchel could offer him a lifeline with a dream return to Stamford Bridge in the summer, though Chelsea are reportedly reluctant to match Real’s asking price of £43m.

    Hazard could be tempted by the prospect of joining Newcastle after their £300m takeover as they look to rebuild their squad to be able to compete for major trophies.

    But the Belgium captain may need persuading that they can match his ambitions, with the club currently stuck in the relegation zone and without a manager.

  • The Sun

    POG-BARCA

    Barcelona legend Xavi is the top contender to take over from Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp and has reportedly identified Paul Pogba as his main transfer target.

    The former Spain international has spent the last two years managing Qatar-based side Al-Sadd.

    But he has been strongly linked with a return to Catalan following Koeman’s sacking last week, with president Joan Laporta keen to make the appointment.

    Pogba’s contract at Man Utd is due to expire at the end of the season, meaning he could leave Old Trafford for free for a second time in his career.

    And with cash-strapped Barca unable to sign new players, they will look to sign free agents next summer where possible, with Pogba the ideal candidate.

    But Barca already have tough competition for places in midfield, with Frenkie De Jong, Sergio Busquets and Pedri all regular starters.

    La Masia graduate Gavi, 17, has also emerged as a star for the future, making nine La Liga appearances already this season.

  • The Sun

    WHERE’S THE FON IN THAT

    Aston Villa have reportedly made informal contact with ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca, as the pressure mounts on Dean Smith after four straight defeats.

    The Villains have conceded 12 goals in their last four games and have registered a series of poor performances which has seen them drop to 15th in the league.

    They had a decent start, with three wins from their opening six, including a famous victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

    But they were utterly dismantled by Arsenal and West Ham in recent weeks and Dean Smith is under pressure for the first time in recent seasons as Villa boss.

    Villa finished 11th last season, but finally sold their talisman Jack Grealish to Man City in the summer for £105m.

    But having spent just shy of £90m to bring in Danny Ings, Emiliano Buendia and Leon Bailey, the Villa hierarchy expect a better return than Smith and his side are currently producing.

    Fonseca was previously thought to be the frontrunner to become the new Newcastle boss following the sacking of Steve Bruce.

    But reports have emerged this morning that the Toon have narrowed their shortlist down to Unai Emery and Eddie Howe.

    And the Spanish ex-Arsenal boss is currently ahead in the running, despite Newcastle having to pay £5.1m in compensation to Villarreal to hire him.

  • The Sun

    TOON-AI EMERY

    Newcastle have reportedly made former Arsenal manager Unai Emery their number one target following Steve Bruce’s sacking last month.

    It is claimed that the Toon have narrowed their shortlist down to former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Villarreal manager Emery.

    But should Newcastle convince Emery to join, Villarreal would be owed £5.1million in compensation, while Howe is currently available for free.

    Emery had a difficult time in the Premier League, managing less than two full seasons at Arsenal before getting the sack.

    But he has since rebuilt his reputation at Villarreal, guiding them to the Europa League with a penalty shootout victory against Manchester United last season.

    But his side haven’t had a good start to the season this time out, sitting 13th in LaLiga with just two wins in their opening 13 games.

    Emery is the man the Newcastle board consider to be the best candidate to take the club forward as they look to compete for trophies in the near future.

    But Newcastle are now facing a relegation scrap this season, and Howe could be seen as the better short-term candidate to keep them in the Premier League.

  • The Sun

    FOOT ON THE GAZ

    Gareth Bale has told Wales boss Robert Page he is ‘raring to go’ for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.

    The Real Madrid superstar has not played since the Dragons disappointing goalless draw with Estonia in Cardiff in early September.

    But the 32-year-old is recovering well from a serious hamstring problem – and could win his 100th cap against Belarus on Saturday week (13th).

    Bale has yet to return to full training with his club – but is confident he will be ready for international duty.

    Page said: “I spoke with Gareth personally last week and he’s raring to go.

    “He’s doing everything possible to get himself 100% fit. He’s back on the grass. He’s not in full time training yet but he’s got another week yet.

    “He’s a fit lad, he doesn’t half look after himself. I know you can do all of the training in the world and it’s not the same as playing games.

    “But when you’ve got somebody like Gareth Bale coming back into the squad, you will absolutely be considered for starting games.”

    It promises to be an emotional night at the Cardiff City Stadium when Bale reaches the century of caps for his country.

    But Page says Bale will put that to one side and look to help Wales get the points they need to clinch second place in their group.

    He said: “I had the pleasure of being on camp for Chris Gunter’s 100th cap and to get 100 caps is something special.

    “But I know Gareth as a person and his complete focus will be on just getting the three points.

    “When we do that he will celebrate his 100th cap after. He wouldn’t want it to distract from the job in hand which again speaks volumes of him as a player and a person.”

  • The Sun

    HEY JUDE

    Jude Bellingham took to social media in a now-deleted post to laugh off claims that he is close to sealing a move to Liverpool in the summer.

    The 18-year-old England international tweeted a GIF of him laughing while on England duty in response to a FourFourTwo tweet linking him to Anfield.

    The tweet read: “Apparently, Jude Bellingham has been going round confirming he’ll be a Liverpool player next summer.”

    But Bellingham’s response seems to rubbish those claims, despite strong speculation linking him with a move to the Merseyside club.

    Premier League player Craig Hignett claiming Bellingham to Liverpool is ‘almost a cert.’

    The ex-Middlesbrough and Blackburn man told BBC Radio Merseyside: “I think I’ve heard it on good authority and I can’t say where I’ve heard it from, but apparently he has been saying that he is Liverpool bound.

    “Whether that is January or whether that is the end of the season isn’t sure yet, but I think, I have it on good authority that it is almost a cert.”

  • The Sun

    NO PROBLEM FOR BIG ROM

    Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 28, looks set to return from injury early, despite fears that he could be out for a whole month.

    The Belgium striker picked up an ankle injury in Chelsea’s 4-0 victory against Malmo at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago and will miss the return leg tonight.

    He also missed Chelsea’s 7-0 thrashing of Norwich and their 3-0 victory against Newcastle, leaving the Blues three points clear at the top of the league.

    Reports suggest that Lukaku will miss Chelsea’s clash with Burnley on Saturday, but could return after the international break in time to face Leicester later this month.

    Lukaku has failed to score for Chelsea since his goal against Zenit in the Champions League on 14 September, playing another seven games since.

    The £97.5m man will look to get back into form quickly with a series of crucial games coming up, including home ties against Juventus and former club Manchester United in the coming weeks.

  • The Sun

    NO EMERY OF IT

    Unai Emery claimed he has heard nothing from Newcastle about the vacant manager’s job.  

    The Villarreal boss is now the favourite to replace Steve Bruce at the relegation-threatened Magpies.

    Toon’s mega-rich Saudi-backed owners are not put off by the multi-million pound fee needed to buy the ex-Arsenal manager out of his contract.

    But yesterday Emery said: “I don’t know anything about Newcastle’s interest.”

    Villarreal face Young Boys tonight in the Champions League as Group F alongside Manchester United hots up with just three points separating the four sides.

    On Tyneside, interim boss Graeme Jones is set to take charge for a third game at Brighton on Saturday.

    The search for a new manager has entered a fourth week since the Saudi-led consortium took charge, with Toon now expected to name Bruce’s replacement during the upcoming international break.

    As with Bruce’s sacking, the appointment will have to be rubber-stamped by Yasir Al-Rumayyan, who heads the Saudi Public Investment Fund which owns 80 per cent.

    Roberto Martinez is also fancied and it would cost less than £2million to get him out of his Belgium contract.

    Lucien Favre remains a candidate and is out of work since being sacked by Borussia Dortmund last December.

  • The Sun

    EZ BACK IN BUSINESS

    Ebere Eze cannot wait for the “beautiful feeling” of playing in front of the Crystal Palace fans at Selhurst Park for the first time after stepping up his recovery from injury.

    The Eagles star, 23, yesterday (MON) played in 2-1 defeat at home to Blackburn for Palace’s Under-23s for the first time since damaging his Achilles five months ago.

    Eze signed from QPR for £16million in August 2020 but is yet to play at home with supporters due to the pandemic.

    Palace are keen not to rush him back so he is most likely to return to first-team action after the international break rather than home to Wolves this Saturday.

    But on the prospect of playing in front of a full Selhurst Park, Eze said: “That’s going to be a beautiful feeling. 

    “Stepping out and feeling the atmosphere, hearing the fans, entertaining them. That’s all I want to do and I honestly cannot wait for the day.”

    Eze paid tribute to Palace physio Oliver Waite as well as fellow crocked team-mate Nathan Ferguson during the long road to recovery.

    The Londoner said: “It’s been a long time, five months, but we’ve worked hard and we’re grateful to be here. Thank God.

    “I’m just thankful to the physios here, Olly especially. I’ve worked with him closely over this period. We said we were going to get back as quickly as we can, not rushing but applying ourselves properly and doing everything in our power.

    “I’m grateful to God that I’m able to come out here and run again.

    “Without him (Nathan), I don’t know what this would have been like. We’ve helped each other, I’d like to think, through it. We’ve bounced off each other, we’ve grown closer together throughout this period. It’s been a good partnership, for sure.”

  • The Sun

    INT HE GOOD…

    Newcastle are reportedly preparing to make Inter Milan’s Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic their first big signing of their new era.

    Brozovic is out of contract at the San Siro in the summer and the Magpies could make an approach as soon as January.

    The 2018 World Cup semi-finalist would prefer to stay in Milan, where his family are settled, but could be tempted by a lucrative move to St. James’ Park.

    He has been with the Nerrazzuri for almost seven years and played a vital part in helping them win the Scudetto last season for the first time in eleven years.

    Brozovic wants a new deal worth around £5m-a-year, but Inter are reluctant to go beyond £4.2m at present, opening the door for Newcastle to swoop in.

    Though the Toon will have to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG, who are all also keeping tabs on Brozovic.

    The former Dinamo Zagreb man has scored 20 goals in 209 Serie A appearances and would be a huge loss should he leave for free in the summer.

  • Joshua Jones

    OVERNIGHT ROUND-UP

    Antonio Conte can splash £150million on new players if he becomes Tottenham boss on an 18-month deal worth £22.5m.

    The former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager is in advanced talks just a day after Nuno Espirito Santo’s sacking.

    Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, backed by billionaire owner Joe Lewis, is offering Conte £290,000 a week, plus heavy backing for transfers.

    Inter stars Milan Skriniar and Lautaro Martinez are tipped as potential early targets for Conte, along with AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.

    Meanwhile, Santos will reportedly pocket a £14m pay-off.

    His old club Wolves leapt to seventh and dumped Spurs to ninth by inflicting Everton’s third straight defeat last night.

    Max Kilman headed his first Wolves goal and Raul Jimenez struck soon after in a 2-1 win, Alex Iwobi stabbing a second-half reply.

    Barcelona’s ex-Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will miss at least three months after suffering chest pains in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Alaves.

    And in Champions League group games tonight, Manchester United visit Atalanta while Chelsea go to Malmo.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FOXES EYE £60M ‘NEW’ DEFENDER

    Brendan Rodgers reckons he is ready to welcome in a £60million defender to firm up his Foxes defence.

    His Leicester City side has only managed one clean sheet in the Premier League this season, against Wolves on the opening day.

    However Rodgers believes the imminent return of James Justin after this month’s international break will save the club a fortune in the January transfer window.

    The 23-year-old left-back played more games last season than any other Leicester player and was on the brink of an England senior call up in February when he suffered a cruciate ligament against Brighton in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

    Now the £8million signing from Luton Town has returned to first team training and has his sights set on a speedier top team return than anticipated, after this month’s international break.

    “He trained with the squad last week, which was non-contact and very difficult for him because JJ loves contact!” Rodgers revealed.

     “It’s just been a breath of fresh air having him back. For us it’s like signing a £50-60m pound player, so I’m so excited about having him back available.

    “He starts his contact this week but I’ve got to say, last week you’d think he’d never been away. 

    “I wouldn’t have thought he’ll play before the international break. This week has been more non-contact and this week he’ll start with a bit more pressure and contact.

    “He’s doing some work over the international break and he’ll probably need an under-23 game or two just to get his pitch geography again, and confidence back in that environment.

    “Hopefully after that we can get him some minutes in the first-team.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    CONTE SET TO BE CONFIRMED TODAY

    Spurs are expected to name Antonio Conte boss today – with a huge contract and even bigger transfer warchest.

    SunSport will have up-to-the-minute news of the developments from Tottenham, including right here.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RIO ‘SORRY’ FOR SANTO

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand claims sacked Nuno Espirito Santo was ‘onto a hiding’ when he took the Tottenham job over the summer.

    Ferdinand believes Santo suffered from the strain of swapping Wolves for a so-called much bigger club

    The former England defender told his Five YouTube channel tonight: “I actually feel sorry for Nuno.

    “He was onto a hiding before he even come through the doors.

    “Imagine signing for a massive club in terms of the new stadium and where they’re looking to head, the stadium the infrastructure, the training ground – that is perfect now so let’s get it right on the pitch.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SPURS TO GIVE CONTE HUGE WARCHEST

    EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Conte will be   given a £150million transfer warchest to revive Tottenham.

    The Italian, 52, is in advanced talks with Spurs over an 18-month deal worth £15m a year after they sacked boss Nuno Espirito Santo yesterday.

    Ex-Chelsea chief Conte snubbed the chance to take over the North Londoners in the summer as he claimed they were not ambitious enough.

    But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, backed by billionaire owner Joe Lewis, has performed a stunning U-turn by offering Conte a huge contract equivalent to £290,000 a week — plus heavy backing in the transfer market.

    Levy is desperate for a turnaround after his decision to employ Nuno as a cheap stop-gap in the summer backfired.

    The pragmatic Portuguese was axed following Sunday’s 3-0 home loss to Manchester United which saw him and his players booed off.

    Nuno, 47, becomes the shortest-serving Spurs manager in the Prem era — lasting just 124 days and ten league games.

    Spurs managing director of football Fabio Paratici said: “I regret we have had to take this decision.

    “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed. Nuno’s a true gentleman and will always be welcome here.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RICE MIGHT NOW BE ‘PREM’S TOP MIDFIELDER’

    Declan Rice is a “destroyer” who has become possibly the “best all-round midfielder” in the Premier League.

    So says ex-England keeper Paul Robinson after Rice helped West Ham to fourth, amid reported interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

    Gunners’ legend Ian Wright has urged the versatile England star, 22, to keep progressing with the Hammers.

    But the latest verdict of former Spurs hero Robinson suggests 2022 will see another summer of speculation over Rice’s future

    Robinson told Football Insider: “Rice is up there as the best all-around midfielder in the Premier League on current form. He is playing in a team that is flying right now.

    “I think the partnership with him and Kalvin Phillips with England is fantastic.

    “I know Rice is still very young but he is proven now. This season he has taken on responsibility at both ends of the pitch.

    “He has always been great at sitting in front of the back four and protecting the defence. But, this season he has shown he has a lot more to his game.

    “He is a destroyer but he is also now a goal threat and a creator. His vision for a through ball is amazing. 

    “He has shown that he can be devastating higher up the pitch as well as in a deep-lying role.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    KANE WOULD BE FOX IN THE BOX FOR CONTE

    Antonio Conte revealed he would ‘always keep’ Harry Kane in the box when previously speaking on the Tottenham striker.

    Conte could be announced at Tottenham boss TODAY after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked this morning.

    And after just one goal in TEN Premier League games, Conte’s first assignment would be to try and get the best out of his star man.

    But the 52-year-old seemingly already has a plan to do just that.

    During his work as a pundit during Euro 2020, via the Mirror, Conte said: “Many praise Harry Kane for his ability to go get the ball and play with the team, such as with the equaliser against Denmark.

    “Of course, he’s good at that too, but it’s in the box where he’s clinical and as a coach, I would always keep him in there because he’s devastating.”

    And Conte even labelled Kane as one of the world’s best strikers when he was in charge of bitter rivals Chelsea in 2017.

    He won the FA Cup and Premier League with the Blues, but revealed if he had to buy any striker in the world then Kane would be on his wish list.

    The Italian told Sky Sports: “For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world.

    “If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane.

    “He is a complete striker. He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he’s strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left.

    “He’s a complete player. He’s one of the top strikers in the world. If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m.”

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