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Exclusive: Roberts believes Paratici was key to getting Conte to Tottenham

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Former Tottenham Hotspur player Graham Roberts believes that Fabio Paratici played a key role in getting Antonio Conte over the line for Spurs.

Following the defeat to Manchester United, Spurs parted company with manager Nuno Espirito Santo after only four months in charge and he was replaced by former Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte.

Conte has signed an 18-month deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with an option to extend and joins Spurs on the back of winning the Serie A title with Inter Milan last term.

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Paratici and Conte join forces again after the pair worked together at Juventus and Roberts believes that the Managing Director of Football was key to getting Conte over the line for Spurs.

“Well, we heard rumours on Sunday that Nuno was going to go, so that came out and soon as it came out, it was Conte was on his way to London to have talks with Tottenham and I think because Paratici has worked with him before, I think that got it over the line this time,” Roberts told This is Futbol.

Conte was linked with the Tottenham job in the summer and revealed to the club’s official website why he didn’t take the job a few months ago, saying: “Last summer our union did not happen because the end of my relationship with Inter was still too recent and emotionally too involved with the end of the season, so I felt it wasn’t yet the right time to return to coaching.”

As well as winning Serie A with Inter, Conte has also won it on three other occasions with Juventus, also leading Juventus to two Italian Super Cups and in his previous spell in the Premier League with Chelsea, he won both the Premier League and FA Cup and so you would imagine Tottenham fans will be hopeful that they lift some silverware during his time in charge.

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