The Italian left Tottenham at the end of March after a run of poor performances and a fiery news conference following a miserable 3-3 draw with Southampton, during which he yelled at his players and implied that the club’s ownership lacked desire.
Although the announcement made public at the time of his departure said that Conte had resigned by “mutual agreement,” this week, the former Spurs manager claimed that it was his decision to leave the organization, saying:
“The last experience, like all of them really, had some things that were positive and some less so. The experience was wonderful, we did the maximum possible and gave all that we had.
“When I arrived, the team was in eighth or ninth place, yet we qualified for the Champions League. Then this season, with the side in fourth position, I decided we should part ways with Tottenham. Some had decided to settle for less.”
Since leaving Tottenham, who just hired Ange Postecoglou in his place, Conte has been strongly connected with a number of roles around Europe, including a transfer to Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-Germain or a return to Juventus.
When asked about his plans for the future, Conte said that he was open to coaching again: “I still have the desire to coach, that passion never goes. If it did, I would have to look inside myself and think that it was no longer right to continue doing this profession.
“Having said that, I am also not spasmodically searching for a new job. If something important and serious came along, that gave me motivation, then I would give it consideration, in Italy or abroad.”