Tottenham Hotspur star Richarlison has taken to social media on Thursday evening, to respond to claims in the media regarding his role in Antonio Conte’s exit from the club.
Tactician Conte, of course, brought an official end to his stint in the Spurs dugout last weekend.
A week on from the Italian making his disillusionment with ongoings in north London clear by way of a remarkable rant, it was announced that the decision had been reached for the two parties to go their separate ways.
‘We can announce that Head Coach Antonio Conte has left the Club by mutual agreement. We achieved Champions League qualification in Antonio’s first season at the Club. We thank Antonio for his contribution and wish him well for the future,’ the Lilywhites confirmed in a statement across the club’s social media platforms.
For those who may have missed it, Conte’s departure ws swiftly followed by a whole host of claims in the press, regarding the role of individual Tottenham players in his eventual sacking.
One such report came by way of Argentine outlet TyC Sports, who went as far as to suggest that the aforementioned Richarlison joined teammate Cristian Romero in providing Daniel Levy and the powers that be at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with an ultimatum over the position of their boss.
Late on Thursday, however, the Brazilian has moved to definitively shut down such claims.
In a post on his official Twitter account, Richarlison called out TyC Sports specifically, citing ‘lies’ circulated about his role in Conte’s dismissal, before assuring that he is ‘sorry’ he could not do more to keep the Italian in a job:
“Questioning and criticising me as a player for my performance is part of football and I got it.”
“However, telling lies about me, I don’t accept! I’ve always had a lot of respect for Conte and for all my coaches. He helped me a lot in my coming to Spurs and, whenever we had a problem (even if it was public) we solved it based on conversation and professionalism — and this he can confirm.
“I wasn’t a mutiny leader against him, it was quite the opposite. I’m sorry I didn’t deliver as much as he expected of me and I didn’t do enough for him to stay.
“When he left, I sent him a message thanking him for everything and wishing him the best cause that’s what he deserves!
“On the other hand, the journalist responsible for this awful lie did not even do the least which would be talking to my PR or listening to me. Bad professional and bad character! And shame on you, TyC Sports!”