Antonio Conte insists money is not his motivation and that he must believe in a “project” after talks with Tottenham fail.
The former Chelsea boss, who resigned as Inter Milan head coach last month after two years at the helm, was set to take over from Spurs before negotiations were concluded .
There have been various reports as to why Conte and Spurs failed to come to an agreement, claiming that he was not convinced he would be backed by Daniel Levy in the transfer market, so that there were also suggestions of “unrealistic demands” on the part of the Italian.
Spurs are now closing the appointment of former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca.
Conte, meanwhile, remains on the hunt for a new club and has hinted at what kept him from joining the Premier League side as a replacement for Jose Mourinho.
“Usually I like challenges and have accepted a lot of them during my career,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Even the best clubs that I have coached were never the favorites when I arrived. However, if there is something that does not convince me, I would rather not accept any money.
When discussing his resignation at Inter, Conte insisted his decisions are never based on money.
He said: “The market sets the price, but if I had been obsessed with money I would have stayed where I was in the past. I would have accepted compromises and obtained new contracts.
“I’m more looking for projects and I’m ready to stay home if something doesn’t convince me. It has to do with vision, honesty, and principles.
With Conte off the table, Fonseca is said to be the first choice for Tottenham’s new director of football, Fabio Paratici.
Paratici’s arrival at Spurs is expected to be announced this week after leaving Juventus after a hugely successful 11-year stint and he is already involved in the long search for a manager at his new club.
It has been 52 days since Spurs sacked Mourinho, who has since found work to replace Fonseca in Rome.
Mourinho will join Roma this summer – after being part of talkSPORT’s exclusive European Championship coverage.
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