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Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was linked with Tottenham (Nick Potts/PA)

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was linked with Tottenham (Nick Potts/PA)

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was linked with Tottenham (Nick Potts/PA)

Tottenham's hopes of appointing Antonio Conte as their new manager have hit a major stumbling block, with sources close to the north London club confirming they have called off talks with the Italian.

Negotiations hit several roadblocks on Friday evening, with both parties expressing differing views over how the team should progress.

Reports from Sky Italy suggest the coach who left Inter Milan after winning this season's Serie A title had reservations about Tottenham's willingness to give him the financial backing he would need in the job.

They also suggest sources close to the former Chelsea manager will now take a year away from the game as he waits to work on a project that will give him a chance to continue a winning run that has seen him win five league titles in his last seven attempts.

Meanwhile, there are suggestions from the English sources that Conte was not keen to embrace a policy that would see him working with the club's young talent, with Conte's wage demands and his eagerness to bring four members of staff with him also mentioned as a stumbling block in negotiations.

Tottenham held talks with former manager Mauricio Pochettino last week, but Paris Saint-Germain made it clear they would not allow the Argentine to leave.

That inspired Spurs to turn to Conte, but the collapse of talks with the serial winner appears to leave the club in a difficult position as they start to consider their next option.

A fresh effort to recruit Pochettino may now be considered if they cannot revive their talks with Conte, but their failure to land Conte appears to be a hammer blow for the north London club.

Tottenham had been hoping to reunite Conte with outgoing Juventus director of football Fabio Paratici, who is set to join the club in a similar role.

The pair worked together at the Turin club and helped turn them into the dominant force in Italian football and Paratici is now expected to be involved in the search for a new manager.

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