Cristian Romero admits rift grew between Tottenham stars and Conte, but Postecoglou is the right man

Cristian Romero admits there was a rift between the Tottenham players and Antonio Conte and that he has turned down offers to leave this summer, as he slams suggestions he is choosing country over club.

While the Argentina international is excited by what he has seen in the early days of the Ange Postecoglou era, he admits that when he returned from winning the World Cup in Qatar in December, he could sense a change in the camp around Conte. Spurs had begun to struggle under the Italian, exiting every cup competition and had begun to slide down the table when the former Chelsea boss left in March.

In the end, Tottenham would concede 63 goals in the Premier League last season, with Romero admitting his own share of the defensive woes and finishing eighth, meaning there is no European football this season for the first time in 14 years. The 25-year-old said the change in mood around the club had already become apparent when he returned from the mid-season tournament in Qatar.

“After winning the World Cup I came to Tottenham and the group was a bit separated from the manager, but I feel responsible for the bad season we had,” he said.

“I’m not happy that the season ended like that and I’m getting ready to repay all the trust the club has given me and I’ll work to do my best.

“The new manager has brought us renewed hope, the group looks fantastic at the moment and we will try to have a great season to drive Tottenham as high as possible.”

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Despite returning after lifting world football’s biggest prize, Romero further explained that it was not his own drive that had fallen, but a clear separation between the players and their Italian head coach.

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