Antonio Conte: Tottenham manager defends salary and Inter payout on Italian comedy show

Antonio Conte has defended the size of his Inter Milan severance package and his salary at Tottenham Hotspur after being doorstepped by a presenter of the Italian comedy show Le Iene.

Conte left Inter Milan in the summer after leading the club to the Scudetto last season. He had one year remaining on his contract at the San Siro and received a multi-million pound payout.

The 52-year-old last week agreed to join Tottenham to replace Nuno Espirito Santo, signing an initial 18-month contract with a similar salary to the one Jose Mourinho earned at the club.

Conte was teased about his especially lucrative year by the popular Italian comedian Stefano Corti, who travelled to London to doorstep the Tottenham boss for a light-hearted segment on satirical news Le Iene, which will be screened on Tuesday evening.

Corti presented Conte with a Salvador Dali mask from the hit Netflix show Money Heist, making light of his recent earnings.

“Yeah, but come on, it’s not like that,” Conte replied. “If you do a good job it is only right that you do well. I work at the top and so what they pay me is fair.”

Conte was also asked by Corti about his hopes for the rest of the season, with the manager acknowledging it would “be a challenge” for Tottenham to finish in the top four.

Spurs currently sit ninth in the Premier League, having won five of their 11 opening fixtures.

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