There is speculation that despite an existing agreement, Antonio Conte would shock everyone by abandoning Tottenham’s long-standing aspirations to buy Dejan Kulusesvki.
Under the guidance of the Italian, the North London club is on the rise. Spurs just marked their first year in charge by finishing fourth in the Premier League and advancing to the round of 16 in the Champions League despite Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool.
Since taking over as manager of Spurs, Antonio Conte has made a number of shrewd additions that have helped shape the team in his image. In fact, he completed eight acquisitions over the summer, the most notable being Richarlison for £60 million.
When January rolled along, though, Conte started making changes to his roster. Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur, both signed from Juventus in the last days of the winter transfer window, have swiftly become integral parts of Spurs’ roster.
The Swedish winger Kulusevski attracted everyone’s interest. After signing for an initial loan period of 18 months, Spurs will have the option to make the deal permanent during one of the three transfer windows between now and the conclusion of the loan. However, the more time passes without Spurs exercising this choice, the more money they will spend.
Injuries to his hamstring have prevented him from reaching his full potential this season. He hadn’t played since late September due to an injury, but he finally returned to action on Sunday. After 68 minutes, he was substituted in and promptly assisted on Harry Kane’s excellent goal.
It is expected that Conte would reject a permanent move for Kulusevski.
There are still some doubts about whether or not the 22-year-old can rediscover the form that he showed during his first five months in England.
Thus, Frank McAvennie, a sports commentator, thinks Conte may turn down a permanent transfer.
McAvennie was quoted as saying to Football Insider, “It depends how terrible his injury is with Kulusevski.”
He was making progress, until he hurt himself. No team will sign you to a deal if there’s a chance you won’t be the same player when you return. Although he seemed to enjoy himself while playing, I can’t help but feel bad for him.
While I am aware that Conte is not without his quirks, I still consider him a top-tier manager and one I would be honoured to play under. The fact that he expects nothing less than perfection is a major plus. If Conte thinks he isn’t ready for a long-term commitment, he won’t sign off on it.
Therefore, returning to his original club may be disappointing for him, but no team is willing to compensate him for the risk. It’s possible he’ll lose it again. Whatever you decide, Conte will have the last say.
It would be unexpected if the transfer were reversed.
When Fabio Paratici secured Kulusesvki’s transfer from Juventus, it was considered a major coup for Spurs. Actually, the Swede was connected to numerous other teams before joining the Lilywhites.
He picked up both Conte’s strategies and the Premier League immediately. While competition for starting spots in Spurs’ attack is fierce, he should get some playing time this season.
His Sunday assist was a great example of his skills. He has played in eight Premier League games this season and has contributed to one goal and four assists, earning him widespread acclaim from the faithful. Therefore, it’s clear there is no deterioration in quality as was feared.
Considering Conte’s adoration for the player and the importance of having a large roster at his disposal, it would be shocking if they did not make the move to make his contract permanent.
But that will most likely occur when his loan term is over. This will expire on June 30, 2023, and we anticipate the club will use their option to make the signing permanent at that time.
Kulusevski will have some time off to focus on his health after Sweden was eliminated from World Cup contention. And he’ll be ready to go for Tottenham when they face Brentford in their season opener on December 26.
A Carabao Cup match against Nottingham Forest and a Premier League game against Leeds stand between now and then. That’s why Kulusevski’s Sunday relief appearance against the Reds was so encouraging: he’s looking to build on it.
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