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Dejan Kulusevski hails Antonio Conte's man-management skills

Jack Gallagher
Kulusevski has been a hit in the Premier League
Kulusevski has been a hit in the Premier League / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

Dejan Kulusevski has said he's 'never met a person who is as motivated as Antonio Conte' in his life and hailed his man-management skills.

The dynamic winger joined Tottenham Hotspur in January after a disappointing spell at Juventus and has hit the ground running in England, becoming a key player for Conte's Spurs side.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport about the improvements he's made as a player under Conte, Kulusevski said: "My body has changed here, especially thanks to working in the gym.

"We work hard every day, more than I did in Italy. I love the way we work here in London. Surely it is the coach’s merit. I am so happy to play for him.

"At Tottenham, we work much more in the gym [than at Juventus] and the results are there. My world has changed. I have to say that I’ve never met a person who is as motivated as Conte in my life. When someone like him talks to you, enters your heart."

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The Sweden international also discussed his time at Juve, stating that he was unsure why things didn't work out for him at the club: "I don’t know, sometimes in football things simply go well. I haven’t changed anything in these months.

"I always go and always went to the pitch with the full commitment. However, at Juventus, something didn’t work regardless of how much I worked.

"I like to look forward rather than backward. Surely, I wasn’t ok at Juventus for many reasons and when you realise things don’t work, it’s hard to change direction in the same environment. The decision to leave Italy was the best I could make in that situation.

"Everything is going better in England. On and off the pitch. Now I always want to play football and win for my team."