Conte said he was ‘more passionate about his chequebook’ than Spurs

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Paris Saint-Germain are unlikely to pursue Antonio Conte as he is ‘more passionate about his checkbook’ than Spurs, according to former France international Jérôme Rothen.

Reports emerged this week linking Conte with a move to PSG, with the French club reportedly set to make a move to Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season.

Pochettino is likely to win the Ligue 1 title this season, but his failure to progress beyond the Champions League round of 16 sealed his fate.


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And The Parisian claimed that Conte “has already offered himself” to PSG and there have been rumors that Daniel Levy would like Pochettino to return to Spurs.

Conte has a reputation for working for short spells, while there have been rumors the Spurs boss wants a £30million wage package to take over from the French giants and the former PSG Rothen thinks he’s the wrong person for the job.

Rothen said on RMC Sports To display Rothen ignites (Going through sports witness): “Of course not. When you hear these requests, stay where you are. Definitely don’t come to a club like PSG, which needs to improve its image, a much healthier one.

“You need people who are passionate about football, and I’m not saying Conte isn’t, but he seems more passionate about his checkbook than managing Tottenham, PSG or any other team. That’s already problematic.

However, Rothen admitted that if the right director of football comes to replace Leonardo, with Conte as his choice for manager, then he might see things from a different perspective.

When asked if Conte would be a good date if he came for the “right reasons”, Rothen added: “Yes, every day, because Conte brings that grinta, and I think he s ‘identifies very quickly with the club he manages, but not with these financial conditions. It is not possible.”

Reports linking Conte to PSG reportedly ‘irritated’ Spurs chairman Levy after having a similar ‘distraction’ last summer when speculation swirled around Harry Kane’s future.

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