Tottenham’s latest hero Dejan Kulusevski has claimed that his world has changed following his arrival in north London last January, crediting Antonio Conte for much of this.
The Swedish winger swapped Turin for Tottenham on deadline day in January, as part of a double deal that also saw Rodrigo Bentancur arrive at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And he has thrived since, with the 22 year old having grabbed 6 goals and 11 assists in his 29 appearances for Antonio Conte’s side to date, helping them beat north London rivals Arsenal to a place in Champions League football in the process.
Quizzed on his move by Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport, he explained how his career has turned around in such a short space of time.
“At Juventus I didn’t feel very well for many different reasons and when you realize that things are not going well, then it is difficult to reverse the course remaining in the same environment”, he explained. “Therefore the choice leaving Italy was the best I could do in that situation.”
He also revealed that his training in England had been far more physical, with a greater emphasis on fitness and strength, when asked to compare the managers he was working under.
I don’t want to say that one is better than the other, because I have great respect for both Allegri and Conte and both have won a lot in their careers, but the job and the idea of football are completely different”, the winger added. “At Tottenham, like I have already said, you work a lot harder in the gym and you can see the results. I can say that from Juve to Spurs my world has changed.”
And there was special praise for new boss Antonio Conte, with the Swede marvelling at his work rate and dedication to the club.
“I have never known in my life, even outside of football, a motivated person like Antonio Conte. One like that, when he talks to you, inevitably enters your heart”.
“At Tottenham my body changed, mainly thanks to the exercises in the gym, in a very short time. We work a lot every day, and better than I did in Italy. I love how we train in London and certainly the credit goes to our coach: I’m very happy to play for him.”