‘Conte’s legacy’ Perisic likely out of contract with Tottenham…”No place in the Postecoglou back four”
Ivan Perisic could be out of contract with Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
According to Italian transfer market expert Gianluca Di Marzio, “Perisic is currently on the verge of returning to Croatia. His destination is Hajduk Split. He is expected to terminate his contract with Tottenham.”
The British ‘Express’ also reported on July 7 that “Tottenham will terminate the contract of Perisic, who former manager Antonio Conte said was one of the best players in the world. Perisic’s time at Tottenham will be over after just one year. He has no place under new Spurs boss Enzi Postecoglou,” said the report.
Perisic joined Inter Milan in 2015 after leaving Wolfsburg. After a steady run of appearances for the Nerazzurri, Perisic had a brief loan spell at Bayern Munich before returning to Inter for the 2020-21 season. Conte was in charge at the time, having previously managed Tottenham.스포츠토토
Conte started using Perisic as a left wing-back, a position he had previously played as a flanker. Perisic looked awkward at first, but as the season progressed, he adapted to the position. He had a great second half of the season. In 32 Serie A appearances, Perisic scored four goals and provided four assists as Inter Milan won the league title that year.
Conte then left the club and joined Tottenham midway through last season. The two were reunited ahead of this season. Conte used a back three at Tottenham. He had Sergio Reguilon and Ryan Sessegnon at left-back, but he wanted someone who had a clearer idea of his style.
Perisic joined Spurs as a free agent last summer. At 34 years old, Perisic had a wealth of experience and a good understanding of Conte’s tactics, and he quickly earned a spot in the starting lineup. His final league tally was 1 goal and 8 assists in 34 games. Not bad for a player with the most assists in the team.
However, he wasn’t exactly trusted. He often found himself overlapping with Son Heung-min, and as he reached his mid-30s, the mobility required in the wing-back position was criticized. When Conte left the club mid-season, Perisic’s position was naturally jeopardized.
In the meantime, reports have emerged that Tottenham are considering terminating his contract altogether. Perisic’s contract runs until next summer. With a year left, it seems that Perisic is no longer a necessary resource. This is linked to the new tactics of Postecoglou, who recently took over as Spurs manager.
“Postecoglou prefers to play with a back four,” according to the Express. Indeed, Postecoglou used formations like 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 at Celtic. He’s already bringing in players that fit the bill, and the switch to a back four will also change the positions of existing players.
Perisic’s next destination is Hajduk Split, the Croatian club where he played as a youth player.