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Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini responds to Tottenham links

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Gian Piero Gasperini, Head Coach of Atalanta B.C. reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group D stage match between Liverpool FC and Atalanta BC at Anfield on November 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

 

Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini has, on Sunday, spoken out over the speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur.

Mou dismissed

Amid the widespread turmoil surrounding all matters Super League-related, one story slipped somewhat under the radar in England last month.

This of course came in the form of Tottenham’s decision to part ways with Jose Mourinho.

On the back of yet another damaging pair of points dropped at Everton, the board in north London came to the decision that the Portuguese no longer represented the right man to lead them forward.

In turn, an official statement regarding the matter was released on Monday, April 19th:

‘So happy here’

Mourinho, for his part, has since swiftly found a new job, having agreed to take up the reins at AS Roma from the beginning of next season.

In north London, though, question marks surrounding the bench remain.

Ryan Mason has of course been installed on an interim basis for the remainder of the campaign. The ex-midfielder’s chances of securing the job on a permanent basis, though, look slim.

In turn, ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, Daniel Levy and co. are expected to target another high-profile tactician, to lead a concerted push towards establishing the club as a permanent member of the Premier League’s top-4.

To this point, the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Julian Nagelsmann, Steven Gerrard and even ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino have been touted as potential arrivals on the bench in the capital.

Steven Gerrard

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 29: Rangers Manager, Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But, this weekend, another of those rumoured to be under consideration on the part of the Lilywhites hierarchy has moved to distance himself from the position.

The manager in question? Gian Piero Gasperini.

Recent reports in the English media went as far as to suggest that contact had already been made with the Atalanta boss, ahead of an imminent Spurs proposal.

Speaking in the aftermath of his side’s 5-2 drubbing of Parma this afternoon, however, Gasperini assured that he remains fully focused on matters in Bergamo:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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