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Antonio Conte decided to join Tottenham after discovering Manchester United favoured Mauricio Pochettino

  • November 25, 2021
Antonio Conte wanted to join Manchester United (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Antonio Conte was keen on joining Manchester United but opted to move to Tottenham after discovering that the Red Devils favoured Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The Italian was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford last month when the pressure was building on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Conte has won league titles in Italy and England, with many feeling his ruthless nature was exactly what was needed at Old Trafford.

However, United’s board had doubts over Conte’s temperament and Solskjaer still had the hierarchy’s backing at the time.

Pochettino is United’s preferred choice (Credits: REUTERS)

But the Athletic claim the biggest stumbling block was when Conte discovered that United’s preference was hiring Pochettino from PSG.

Talks were held between Conte’s representatives and United to sound out whether the Red Devils would hire the Italian, as he needed to know whether to pursue other lines of interest.

United have made an approach for Pochettino but it was rebuffed by Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentine has 18 months to run on his deal in the French capital and the club are unwilling to release him midway through the season, despite their interest in Zinedine Zidane.

The Frenchman is on a year’s sabbatical and wants to see it through before taking stock of his situation in the summer.


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Article source: https://metro.co.uk/2021/11/25/antonio-conte-joined-tottenham-after-discovering-manchester-uniteds-first-choice-15662983/

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