Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte has played down suggestions that he could return to Juventus in the near future.
90min reported recently that out-of-form Juventus would target a reunion with Conte if they parted ways with current boss Massimiliano Allegri, but that such a chain of events is unlikely due to the club’s perilous financial issues – they recently posted annual losses of nearly €250m.
Italian media have since claimed that Conte would be keen on returning to Turin after over eight years away, and he was quizzed about these links ahead of Spurs’ trip to Arsenal in the north London derby this weekend.
“This is incredible,” Conte laughed. “I think this is disrespectful for the coach that works in Juventus and disrespectful to me because I am working for Tottenham.
“Many times I have spoken about this topic and I’ve always said I’m happy and enjoying my time with Tottenham. We have the whole season to find the best solution for the club and for me. For sure I’m enjoying my time at Tottenham.
“I have a great relationship with the owner [chairman Daniel Levy] and [Fabio] Paratici. I don’t see any problems at the moment in the future. We both signed the contract. I don’t want to listen to someone speaking about this [Juventus links].”
Conte’s current Tottenham contract expires at the end of the season, but the club retain an option to extend the deal by a further 12 months which can be activated at any time.
Andrea Agnelli & Pavel Nedved among Juventus directors to offer shock resignation
Juventus have been rocked by the stunning resignations of their entire board, including president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved.
Numerous reports in Italy claim that the entire Juventus board of directors offered their shock resignations during a meeting on Monday evening.
CEO Maurizio Arrivabene is expected to remain at the club and assume control of Juventus while the new boardroom structure is finalised over the coming months.
Agnelli became Juventus chairman in 2010 and is also vice-chairman of the European Super League, having represented one of the three remaining supporters of the competition alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona.
His attachment to the Super League has attracted significant criticism, as has his management of Juventus, who have spent heavily in recent years but have fallen behind their rivals, both in Serie A and in Europe.
Juventus finished fourth in Serie A last season and entered the World Cup break in third, ten points behind leaders Napoli.
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