Conte issues final message after Spurs exit

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Antonio Conte breaks his silence after leaving Tottenham Hotspur.
Antonio Conte breaks his silence after leaving Tottenham Hotspur.

Italian manager Antonio Conte has issued a final message after leaving Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The 53-year-old left the role by mutual consent on the weekend after 16 months in charge of the Lilywhites.

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Having found success during his first spell in England with Chelsea, during which he won the 2016/17 Premier League title and the FA Cup the following season, the manager failed to replicate his previous success with Spurs.

The former Juventus boss appeared to gradually become frustrated at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and tensions reached a boiling point when he launched a scathing attack on the club, its players, and its owners on 18 March following a 3-3 draw with bottom-of the table side Southampton.

His choice of words seemingly spelled disaster for the ex-Italy national team coach as reports quickly suggested that he was likely to get fired from his position.

The two parties had also initially struggled to find a solution regarding their future together, with Conte's contract having been due to expire at the end of the season, while there was no clear indication whether or not he would continue with the project in London.

With the mutual termination of his deal having put those questions to bed, the manager has now broken his silence following his recent departure. 

"Football is passion," he wrote on Instagram on Monday night.

"I would like to deeply thank everyone at Spurs who appreciated and shared my passion and my intense way of living football as a coach.

"A special thought to the Fans who always showed me support and appreciation, it's been unforgettable to hear them singing my name.

"Our journey together has ended, I wish you all the best for the future."

Conte's assistant, Cristian Stellini, is set to take charge of the side for the remaining 10 games of the campaign, and will be assisted by ex-Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason.

The club has since been linked with the likes of Julian Nagelsmann, who was recently sacked by Bayern Munich, and their former boss Mauricio Pochettino.

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