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Inter star De Vrij reacts to talk of teaming up with Conte again at Tottenham

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Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij has reacted to rumours that he could reunite with Antonio Conte at Tottenham.

Conte was appointed as the new boss at Spurs less than a fortnight ago but has already been linked with countless players, mainly defenders. A number of those links involve players from his old club Inter, with Holland centre-back De Vrij chief among them.

The 29-year-old played a key role as the Nerazzurri claimed their first Serie A title win in a decade under Conte last term. He featured 66 times in the league under the Italian in his favoured 3-5-2 formation.

Conte has since adopted that system in his two games in charge of Spurs. To that end, he is expected to bring in at least one new central defender in January – with some of his current Tottenham options not really being up to scratch.

However, it would appear that De Vrij may not be north London bound after all.

Ahead of Holland’s World Cup Qualifiers, de Vrij spoke to Sport Nieuws and was asked to either confirm or deny any links to Spurs.

“Deny! Because I don’t know anything about anything,” the Dutchman said.

“The connection was maybe made a bit quickly because the trainer I have worked with is now working there. But I don’t know anything. He (Conte) hasn’t approached me about it yet.”

De Vrij would certainly be an upgrade up Tottenham’s current options, although Cristian Romero has shown glimpses of the form that saw him named Serie A Defender of the Year last term.

However, it looks like Conte and sporting director Fabio Paratici will have their work cut out to convince him to quit the San Siro.

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