“It’d be a shock but I don’t think it’s impossible” – Kevin Phillips claims Antonio Conte will ‘100 per cent’ want Spurs to sign Chelsea star


Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips has tipped Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte to make a move for Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta in the summer.

Azpilicueta has been on Chelsea's books since 2012 when he joined them from Marseille. Despite being at the club for almost a decade, there are serious doubts about the Spain international's future at Stamford Bridge.

The right-back is in the final six months of his contract with the European champions and has not yet agreed a new deal. It is very much possible that Azpilicueta will leave Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer.

Should the Spaniard not extend his stay with the Blues, Spurs boss Conte will look to sign him, according to Phillips. The former Aston Villa frontman believes Azpilicueta has the leadership quality that Tottenham lack. He told Football Insider:

“100 per cent, Conte will be interested. I’m certain of it because Azpilicueta is a player whom he knows and a player who did well for him. He’s been so consistent since coming to the Premier League. You know what you are going to get from him."

“He’s a leader as well and that’s something Spurs perhaps lack. I think Conte would love to sign a player of his experience. If things don’t work out at Chelsea, I would not be surprised if Azpilicueta crossed London to join Spurs. It’d be a shock but I don’t think it’s impossible.”

As per reports, Azpilicueta wants a three-year deal from Thomas Tuchel's side. The defender's demands are proving to be a hurdle in Chelsea's efforts to retain his services.

The Blues are not keen to offer anyone over the age of 30 anything more than a one-year deal. Thus, it remains to be seen if the club and the player can reach an agreement over a new contract.

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