Tottenham’s first disagreement with Antonio Conte may be a bad sign for Daniel Levy

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Tottenham already have some warning signs in targeting Antonio Conte as Nuno Espirito Santo’s successor. When Jose Mourinho was sacked back in April, there was no clear plan in place for who would come in on a permanent basis.

Ryan Mason was put in charge on a temporary basis until the summer to give Daniel Levy and the board some time to find their ideal choice.

When Conte decided to leave Inter Milan, Spurs quickly moved to try and convince the Italian of a move to north London.

Talks took place for several weeks before they broke down with mixed reports as to the reason why.

Conte broke his silence on negotiations back in June, stating he wasn’t fully convinced on the job at Tottenham.

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“Generally, I like the challenges and I’ve accepted many of them during my career,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Even the top clubs I coached were never the favourites when I arrived.

“However, if there’s something that doesn’t convince me I prefer not to accept regardless of the money.”

But the Evening Standard claimed at the time that it was Tottenham who in fact withdrew from discussions due to demands made by Conte.

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That first disagreement on how talks broke down between the two parties could act as a warning sign for Levy.

Conte hasn’t been afraid to ruffle feathers with club owners in the past having fallen out with Juventus owners Andrea Agnelli.

He also felt unable to continue at Inter this summer despite leading them to the Serie A title having lost trust in the owners.

Conte would bring a winning mentality to Tottenham, but there would also be demands made which Nuno may not have done.

The Portuguese head coach was far from being Tottenham’s first choice in the summer and it didn’t work out with Nuno lasting just four months in charge.

Conte is a different calibre of manager, fitting in the same mould as Mourinho in terms of achievements in the game.

But Levy will also have to accept Conte’s full demands which may test Tottenham’s resolve in future transfer windows.

In Conte’s first transfer window as Inter boss, he spent just over £170million on new signings – the biggest summer of spending in the club’s history.

A further £100m was spent the following year and it proved to work as he led Inter the league title.

Tottenham will have to decide if they’re willing to go down a similar route and fully back Conte in the transfer market as he has demanded in the past.

But Express Sport understands talks are already underway with Conte, suggesting they’re willing to give Conte what he wants.

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