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Antonio Conte clarifies Cristian Romero’s Tottenham future after loan ends

Antonio Conte has left no doubt about Cristian Romero’s future at Tottenham Hotspur once his loan deal ends this summer.

The 23-year-old Argentina international signed for Spurs last summer, having been named Serie A Defender of the Year while on loan at Atalanta.

Tottenham chief football officer Fabio Paratici originally signed Romero for Juventus from Genoa in 2019 before sending him back there on loan and then to Atalanta for the following campaign on what could have been a two-season loan .

That second loan, however, contained an option for Atalanta to buy the Argentine for just £13.6million, which they duly did before he joined Tottenham in a deal that will be worth much more.

There was confusion when Romero’s signing was sealed by Spurs, with the club announcing it as a permanent transfer but Atalanta as a loan deal with an option to make the transfer permanent.

Those of Tottenham said football.london Back when it was an option that was anything but an obligation for the North London club to sign him, the defender reportedly agreed the terms of a long-term deal with the club upon his arrival.

Six months later the deal is described as messy but essentially a loan with obligation to buy for £46.7million and when asked what comes next for Romero, Conte confirmed he would be a Spurs player next season.

“I think the club bought him. I think so,” he said. “He is on loan but we have an obligation to buy. We bought him!”

Earlier, Conte had said football.london that Romero was “an important player for me and for the team”, before adding: “He is strong physically, he has the timing to anticipate, a good personality to play with the ball. Although being a young player , he has good experience, he is strong and I like him. Of course, he has a lot of room to improve.”

When asked if the Argentine was made for a physical competition like the Premier League, the Italian nodded in agreement.

“Yeah. He’s perfect for this league, but if you can play in this league, you can play in every league in the world,” he said.

“The problem is that when you stay in another league you have to ask yourself if you can play in the Premier League. When you play here you can play in any league in the world because the intensity, the quality, the physique you have here is not present in other leagues. Of course, Romero is able to play in this league. This league is a perfect suit for him.

Romero returned on Wednesday night from a hamstring injury which has kept him out since November, meaning he has played just one Premier League game for Conte.

“Romero is a very good defender and he’s a good signing for the club and he’s very good but don’t forget that his injury was on the one hand a problem for me, for the team,” said the boss. of the Spurs.

“On the other hand, it was a great opportunity to improve, to develop players who maybe, if Romero was fit, couldn’t play or didn’t play. Tanganga… it was the same thing for Sanchez, for Davies.

“In the difficulty of his injury, we found other players who can be good to give us good performances and defensively to be complete as a player but I’m happy for my defenders. Happy because now the players stay here and I can count on them.”



Antonio Conte discussed Cristian Romero’s long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs host Southampton on Wednesday night as they return to the Premier League, looking to start climbing into the top four with their games in hand over others.

Conte admitted that he still doesn’t set high goals for his team and that much will depend on how other teams react in the coming months.

“Our goal must be to do our best. If you ask me now our level of possibility, it’s very difficult to answer that question,” he said.

“For sure we will do our best, I’m sure. I don’t know how far we will reach to do our best, but for sure we will do everything in every game to get points and try to do our best.I’m sure of that.

“Then it’s very difficult to talk about our goal because it depends on many situations which, at the moment, are not in our hands.”

When it was pointed out to him that technically the race for the top four was in Spurs’ hands due to their number of games remaining, he added: “We just have to win! Winning is very easy to do. talk or use that word, but then you have to play and win.

“We want to play every game to win, because I don’t know a single team that plays a game to lose.

“There are the opponents, the difficulty of the game. There are many situations that can affect the game, but we try to improve, to go step by step and try to do our best in this league. “

One player who will be crucial to Tottenham’s attempts to finish the season in a Champions League place is Harry Kane.

The England captain said this week that under Conte he is in better shape than he has ever been before and he scored twice against Brighton in Saturday’s 3-1 FA Cup fourth round win .

“It’s sure, it’s sure it’s not easy [to improve Kane]”, said his head coach. “It’s not easy to improve a player of this level but at the same time I think that Harry, I think, improves a lot in his position because I think in this time with us, he’s playing a lot more like a number nine.

“In the past I’ve seen him a lot, often come out and I think Harry in the box, he’s very good outside because he’s also a number 10 and he has that quality to pass the ball and to make an assist, but at the same time to [shoot] and mark.

“I think he has improved a lot in his position to also be a number nine, a strong number nine and I think he is improving a lot in duels with his opponent, defending the ball and in my opinion , he becomes a complete player, 120 percent.

“He is a player who, at the moment, can play in all the teams in the world and be the striker.”

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Conte has won everything as a Juventus player but admits he would have liked to show what he can do in England, with one club in particular interested.

“In the past, I would have liked to play in the Premier League. I tried to gain that experience,” he said.

“I know Alex Ferguson loved my football. I know in the past it was a time when Manchester United maybe wanted to bring me there.

“My agent told me that but I don’t know if it’s a lie or the truth!