Conte Considers Quitting Football After Death Of Three Friends

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte said the death of three close friends in a matter of months had left him consider his future in football.

Gian Piero Ventrone, the club's fitness coach, died in October before December witnessed the passing of Conte's friend and former Lazio defender Sinisa Mihajlovic.

And earlier this month came the death of Conte's former Juventus and Italy teammate Gianluca Vialli.

Ahead of Tottenham clash with Manchester City on Thursday, Conte said: "For sure, this season is a difficult season from a personal aspect. Because to lose in such a short time three people that I knew very well – before Gian Piero Ventrone, then Sinisa and now Gianluca. It was not simple. For sure, when this situation happens, it brings you to have important reflections. Because many times we think and we give a lot of importance to our work and we forget the family, we forget that we need to have more time for us.”

"This season is a difficult season for me as a personal aspect. For sure, this season is making me to have an important reflection on my future," he added.

Conte's contract at Spurs expires at the end of the current season.