Manchester United were strongly linked with Antonio Conte after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, the club ended up appointing Ralf Rangnick on interim basis after the departure of Solskjaer.
Conte has proven to be a top manager in every club he has handled, and the Italian has improved Tottenham within a few months of managing the North London club.
Reports have it that Conte’s personality was the main reason the club opted against appointing the Italian. However, Conte has maintained Spurs contacted him before Solskjaer was even axed.
“Honestly, I think that [when] United decided to sack Solskjaer, I [had already] signed for Tottenham,” the former Inter boss said at his pre-match press conference ahead of facing United at Old Trafford this weekend.
“I enjoyed to do this because at that moment I found this situation very good for me, to work in a modern club with a fantastic stadium, with a fantastic training ground, with a big task to try to build something important, to build something competitive for the future.
“It [Solskjaer’s sacking] happened after I signed, but honestly I am so focused on the Tottenham job that I didn’t read this.
“Now the present is Tottenham for me. I repeat, I’m enjoying a lot working at this club with these players.
“We are trying to improve, to increase our level, this is our target in this moment. I repeat, I’m enjoying it.”