Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has defended his salary and payoff by former club Inter Milan after being confronted by an Italian comedian in a bizarre exchange
Antonio Conte has defended his huge Tottenham salary, arguing his £20million-a-year pay is “fair” so long as he does a “good job” at the club.
Conte took over the reins at Spurs a week ago after chairman Daniel Levy and director of football Fabio Paratici sacked Nuno Espírito Santo.
The 52-year-old Italian signed an 18-month contract , taking him to the end of the 2022/23 season with the north London club.
If all goes to plan, Conte will earn around £30m over that period, putting him on a par with some of the world’s best-paid managers.
Tottenham are hoping the expenditure will be worth it, given Conte has won four Serie A titles and one Premier League trophy during his career with Juventus, Inter Milan and Chelsea so far.
Conte claimed Inter’s first Scudetto for 11 years in the 2020/21 season, but left the club in May following a disagreement over transfers with the owners.
According to The Guardian , he received a payout of £6m (€7m) from Inter, because he had one year left on his £11m (€13m) per year contract.
Conte has now been forced to defend himself over his salary at Tottenham and payout from Inter after an Italian comedian confronted him.
Stefano Corti travelled to London to doorstep the Spurs manager for popular Italian satirical news show Le Iene and present him with a Salvador Dalì mask from Netflix show Money Heist.
In a lighthearted exchange, which will be shown on Italia 1 on Tuesday night, Conte was quizzed over what Corti claimed was his “€17.5m a year plus severance pay” contract and told he had “hit the bank” hard.
“Yeah, but come on, it’s not like that,” Conte replied. “If you do a good job it is only right that you do well. I work at the top and so what they pay me is fair.”
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Conte was then asked whether he would try to replicate his title success with his former clubs with Tottenham this season.
“Getting into the top four will already be a challenge,” he said.
Spurs are currently ninth in the Premier League, having won just five of their 11 opening fixtures.
So far Conte has overseen a chaotic 3-2 win over Vitesse in the Europa Conference League and a stalemate 0-0 draw against Everton in the league.
The Italian tactician will have a chance to work out a plan over the next two weeks while the international break is here before hosting Leeds on November 21.
“Sometimes you can teach to your players the tactical aspects and improve your players’ physical aspects but the heart, the passion, the will, the intensity, you [either] have or not,” he said after the draw at Goodison Park on Sunday.
“My players are showing me these aspects and that we are in a good position and it is a good point to start for me.”
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