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Kulusevski Not Offended By Conte’s Media Outburst

Dejan Kulusevski is still happy to play under Antonio Conte after the Italian labeled Spurs players as ‘’selfish’’ in a press conference after Spurs 3-3 draw with Southampton in the English Premier League.Conte’s frustration could not be hidden in his choice of words as the Italian questioned the players mentality and their hunger to win, despite leading by 3-1 against the Saints with just 15 minutes left to play Tottenham ended up drawing 3-3.Spurs who sit fourth on the EPL table were eliminated from both the FA Cup and Champions League in the space of a week.

Conte is widely expected to be sacked, but Kulusevski, when asked if he was offended by the coach’s comments, said: “No, because I know what I bring to the team every day. “I know that I prepare myself to do as good as I can, and that’s why I can always look myself in the mirror.

“Sometimes I know I don’t play good enough, and I can take responsibility for that, but what he said is for him, that’s his word.

“I respect him, and he helped me a lot during my career. So, he’s still a very important man in our club and in my work.”

Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg suggested Conte needed to be “a little more precise” with his words, but Kulusevski believes the players can have few complaints after a poor run of form.

“He was very disappointed, as were us players, and we have to accept that,” said the winger.

“We lost all the cups, we went out in Champions League also. So, I know that sometimes we have to be sad and angry, and that’s how he took it.

“Somebody else will take another way; we just have to respect his words.”

As unlikely as it now seems, Kulusevski was then asked if he would still be happy to play under Conte and replied: “Yeah, absolutely.”

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