Tottenham: Conte 'would be upset' at £36m star's Hotspur Way exit

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte ‘would be upset’ if the club’s hierarchy sold midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, according to Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move away from north London in recent weeks despite being a regular starter since Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in November.

What is the latest news involving Hojbjerg?

According to The Mirror, Newcastle United are plotting a £30 million summer move for Hojbjerg as they prepare for their second transfer window under their new owners.

The Denmark international arrived at Spurs from Southampton in August 2020 and has gone on to register 14 goal contributions in 97 appearances across all competitions since.

Compatriot and one-time Derby County midfielder Morten Bisgaard previously described Hojbjerg as a ‘monster’ and the tough-tackling maestro has established himself as a key player in Tottenham’s engine room.

As per WhoScored, the Scandinavian has averaged 69.7 passes per league game throughout 2021/22, 2.3 tackles and 1.3 interceptions, placing him in the top three compared to his teammates for each metric.

And it seems as though Hojbjerg’s impressive performances have caught the eye of the newly-rich Newcastle, who became the world’s richest club last year.

What has Brown said about Hojbjerg?

Hojbjerg has started 22 of Conte’s 24 Premier League games in the Tottenham hot seat, and Brown has revealed he would be ‘very surprised’ if the Italian tactician sanctioned his sale.

He told GiveMeSport: “I’m pretty sure that Conte wouldn’t want him to go, so there’d be a bit of a fight on, I think, for Newcastle to get him.

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You have to wonder where Spurs are going in the transfer market and what exactly Conte wants them to do in midfield because I think in the same way that West Ham want a centre-back and a striker; I think those are the two positions that Spurs want as well.

“So, I’d be very surprised if Conte was to allow that to happen; I think he would be upset if Spurs did it.”

What is Tottenham’s current midfield situation?

Conte made his mark on the first-team squad in January, bringing in Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus.

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He also offloaded Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Bryan Gil and Dele Alli, clearing out a lot of deadwood but leaving Spurs light on numbers in the middle of the park.

Oliver Skipp’s persistent injury issues and Harry Winks’ stunted progress will be a cause for concern, though, meaning the potential departure of the £36m-rated Hojbjerg will surely leave a large section of Tottenham fans feeling nervous.

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