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Jun 19, 2022   |  3:52AM AET

Conte a ‘big pull’ for Tottenham in the transfer market, says Friedel

Conte a ‘big pull’ for Tottenham in the transfer market, says Friedel

Brad Friedel believes the opportunity to play under Antonio Conte is a “big pull” for Tottenham in the transfer market.

Spurs have wasted no time in strengthening their squad after qualifying for the Champions League, signing Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma.

Richarlison and Djed Spence are among the other players the London club have been linked with.

Former Spurs goalkeeper says the prospect of working with Conte will be a big draw.

“What I would like to see and which it’s really nice to see happening is that Antonio Conte is given the pieces to his puzzle,” he told Sky Sports.

“I would assume when the players are meeting him that it’s a big pull that they’re gonna be playing for him.

“It’s happening fairly early, that’s not how it normally happens at Tottenham.

“A lot of players are going to want to go to the clubs that they know they are gonna have Champions League football each and every year.”

Bissouma featured 26 times for Brighton and Hove Albion last season and ranked fourth in their team in successful passes (1,059) as well as duels won (145). He was also second in completed tackles (49).

The Mali international had been linked with a number of top clubs and Friedel thinks he is a perfect fit for Conte’s Tottenham.

“He very much fits Antonio Conte’s style of play,” the ex-United States international added.

“He seems that type of high-energy player that you could sit back and close players down like Conte wants, he can break quickly on the counter-attack, he has vision and a range of passing.”

There had been speculation that Conte could leave Tottenham, with talk of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, but Friedel downplayed those fears.

“It seems like the board is really backing him,” Friedel continued. “He wanted the players in that he wants to work with, that will fit in his style of play.”

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