Conte 'enjoying every single moment' as he nears Spurs anniversary

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Antonio Conte says he is "enjoying every single moment" at Tottenham as he nears a year in charge of the Premier League club.

Conte, appointed in November 2021, has not always portrayed his time in London in quite such a positive light, outlining the need for improvement and investment in order to seriously challenge.

Meanwhile, his Spurs contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

But ahead of Saturday's match with Bournemouth – Tottenham's final league game before November 2, the date on which Conte was appointed last year – the Italian spoke in glowing terms of his "adventure".

"I always say that I am enjoying my time in Tottenham," he said. "In one year, we had a great path together, with the club, the players, the fans and you [media].

"I think I am enjoying every single moment in my adventure in Tottenham. For sure, I discover a modern club, a club with a fantastic training ground and an amazing stadium.

"[I discovered] the passion of the fans, at the same time the demands of our fans – the demand is very high. I continue to enjoy every day."

Conte has guided Tottenham to third, although he and the club approach his anniversary on a tough run.

Spurs lost consecutive Premier League matches to top-six rivals Manchester United and Newcastle United, before they were held by Sporting CP in the Champions League as a late Harry Kane winner was struck off.

Conte fumed after that decision, which followed a lengthy VAR delay deep into stoppage time, and he had no interest in reframing his thoughts on Friday.

"I said what I said," he told reporters, adding: "I didn't change my mind."

Tottenham had already been frustrated by the officiating in the Newcastle defeat, as Hugo Lloris complained he was fouled in an incident involving Callum Wilson that led to the opening goal.

Spurs appealed at length to the referee, only for the goal to be awarded regardless, and the Football Association confirmed on Friday the club had accepted a £20,000 fine for "failing to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".