Spurs outcast wants Antonio Conte to stay ‘for a long time’ despite being sent out on loan

Spurs outcast wants Antonio Conte to stay ‘for a long time’ despite being sent out on loan

Matt Doherty wants Antonio Conte to remain in the Spurs dugout “for a long time” despite not being favoured by the boss.

Doherty was publicly criticised by his manager earlier in the season before being sent on loan to Spanish side Atletico Madrid in January.

Despite his versatility at the back and even in midfield, Doherty was shipped out by Conte in the January transfer window, but could yet become an important figure at the club following his loan.

It seems unlikely, however, given the arrival of Pedro Porro and the presence of Emerson Royal in Doherty’s favoured right-back spot.

Doherty wants Conte to stay at Spurs

Conte’s future meanwhile also remains under threat, with the manager seemingly in a constant struggle with those above him at the club.

The pressure has increased following the recent 3-3 draw with bottom-of-the-table Southampton, as well as disappointing exits from both the Champions League and FA Cup.

Spurs are currently fourth in the Premier League table, with a spot in next season’s Champions League perhaps all that will keep Conte in the dugout, but even then that may not be enough.

Despite the negative situation, Spurs loanee Doherty believes Conte is the right man to lead the club forward.

“I hope he stays for a long time at Tottenham,” said Doherty, as quoted by LiveScore. “He’s an unbelievable coach, an unbelievable manager. 

“He won’t say anything in the press that he won’t say to his players, he’s completely honest with his players, has the passion for the whole club.

“I hope Tottenham stick by him and hold onto him for as long as possible, he’s one of the best managers of all time.”

Doherty struggling for minutes

Doherty isn’t the first Spurs full-back to make the switch to the Spanish capital, with Kieran Trippier previously making a permanent move to Atletico back in 2019.

But even in these early stages of the latest transfer from London to Spain, their moves are looking to be quite different, with Trippier establishing himself superbly under Diego Simeone, while Doherty has been handed just 12 minutes on the pitch.

The Irish international was flying high in the Premier League with Wolves not so long ago, but his career has taken a downward spiral since he left Molineux.

He could, however, be highly sought after this summer, with neither Spurs nor Atletico particularly interested in his services as things stand.


Kane to exit Spurs?

But the most noteworthy transfer saga that looks set to take place at Spurs this summer is the one involving Harry Kane, who continues to be linked with an exit from north London.

The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea have been rumoured with the England captain, who is enjoying another fine yet ultimately frustrating campaign at Spurs.

Kane has banged in 23 goals in all competitions this season, 21 of which have come in the Premier League in his successful individual campaign.

But his frustrations on the pitch have been evident at times, with many within the game calling for the striker to move to a more successful club in order to finally lift some much-deserved silverware.

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