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‘Focused’ Conte comes clean on Man Utd doubters by shifting Tottenham attention

Antonio Conte has insisted once more he is enjoying his work at Tottenham Hotspur, explaining why he never became Manchester United manager instead.

Conte will come up against Man Utd with Tottenham on Saturday evening. Having been tipped by some pundits as an ideal candidate for the United manager’s job, only to not get it, it could be a chance for him to show them what he is capable of.

After the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier in the season, United appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager. Some felt they should instead have gone for Conte on a permanent basis by acting earlier.

Others disagreed, denying that he fit within the ethos of the club. Arguments either way were in vain when the Italian instead took the reins of Tottenham towards the start of November, a few weeks before Solskjaer’s sacking.

But the debate has raged on beyond then, especially with United still struggling for consistency under Rangnick. What’s more, Conte has sometimes raised concerns about the situation he finds himself in at Tottenham.

However, he has now reaffirmed his focus on his current club, when asked about his doubters from a United perspective.

Explaining the chain of events, he said at the pre-match press conference (via Football.London): “Honestly, I think that when United decided to sack Solskjaer, I signed for Tottenham.

“I enjoyed to do this, because at that moment, I found this situation very good for me, to work in modern club with fantastic stadium and training ground, with a big task to try to build something important, to build something competitive for the future.

“And then I signed for Tottenham, it happened after I signed, but honestly, I was very focused, and I am so focused on the Tottenham job, that I didn’t read this. I didn’t read this.

“The present is Tottenham, for me. I am enjoying a lot to work with this club, with these players. We are trying to improve, to raise our level; this is my target in this moment. I repeat: I am enjoying doing it.”

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