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Tottenham have ended their interest in Antonio Conte following unsuccessful talks over their vacant managerial position, according to reports.
Conte looked set to return to England three years after departing Chelsea to take charge of their most bitter rivals.
Sky Italy claimed earlier this week that the 51-year-old, who recently departed Inter Milan by mutual consent just weeks after guiding them to a first Serie A title in 11 years, was in 'advanced talks' with Daniel Levy about taking the Spurs reins.
However, rumours slowly emerged on Friday suggesting Conte was having doubts over replacing Jose Mourinho in north London.
And now The Telegraph are reporting that Spurs have officially called off their pursuit of the ex-Chelsea manager after failing to reach an agreement in two days of 'intensive talks'.
Conte is understood to have stalled over his fear that Spurs could not match his ambition, while the club were concerned by his demands and whether he would offer chances to young players.
Regardless of the breakdown between the two parties, former Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici is still expected to join.
It remains to be seen which coach Levy turns his attention to next, having already missed out on targets Erik ten Hag, Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers.
Mauricio Pochettino was even linked with a shock return to Spurs last month, but Paris St-Germain are unlikely yo allow him to leave just six months into his tenure.
Conte is also now left in a difficult situation, as Real Madrid recently re-hired Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager following Zinedine Zidane's departure.
Former club Juventus have also brought Massimiliano Allegri, his predecessor in Turin seven years ago, back to the club this summer, and there are not too many other job openings in Europe that will interest Conte.
Gianluca di Marzio reported on Friday that his main concern with taking the Spurs job was how competitive the current squad would be next season and in future campaigns.
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He could very well have been walking into the post needing to find a replacement for Harry Kane, who has expressed his desire to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Kane clinched the Premier League Golden Boot last season with 23 goals, meaning it will be a tall order to replace him this summer.
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