Tottenham Hotspur coach Antonio Conte on Friday denied reports that he would leave the Premier League at the end of the season to join Paris Saint-Germain if Mauricio Pochettino is sacked.
Paris Saint-Germain won the French League title four games before the end; But he was eliminated from the French Cup, and was eliminated from the European Champions League in the round of sixteen by Real Madrid; This raised questions about Pochettino’s future.
The 52-year-old, who joined Tottenham last November on an 18-month contract, is among several prominent names nominated to coach the French club.
Conte’s statement regarding PSG training rumors
“It’s good that other clubs appreciate my work, but I don’t like people saying things to create problems and to create controversy,” Conte told reporters ahead of his team’s league match against Leicester City.
“I laugh at this kind of news,” the former Chelsea and Juventus coach added. “Those who bring such news must show respect to all parties and not invent false news and spread it.”
Antonio Conte urges Tottenham players to cling to Champions League hope
Conte urged Spurs players and fans to focus on finishing the season in the top four in the Premier League and qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Tottenham is fifth in the league with 58 points from 33 games, two points behind its fourth-placed rival Arsenal, while Manchester United is sixth with 55 points and has played two games more than the London duo.
“At this moment, everyone has to be fully focused, we need to focus on an important goal because we have a great chance of getting a place in the Champions League,” Conte said.
The Italian coach continued: “We are working hard, the players are fully focused, we talk a lot about this opportunity, we have to live this situation with passion, enthusiasm and joy, we deserve to fight for a place in the Champions League.”
The Tottenham manager also gave an update on the condition of midfielder Oliver Skipp, who will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a groin injury.