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Conte confirms Spurs have an obligation to sign Romero

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that the club has an obligation to buy Cristian Romero at the end of the season.

Romero, 23, signed a season-long loan from Atalanta in August with what was thought to be an option to buy for an initial €50 million and a further €5 million in add-ons.

Conte has revealed, however, that it is an obligation to buy. It is understood that the situation is not quite that simple, but that the agreement essentially amounts to an obligation, and that he is very much considered a permanent Spurs player by everyone at the club.

“He’s on loan but we have an obligation to buy,” Conte said. “We bought him! He is perfect for this league. But if you can play in this league you can play in all the leagues in the world. The problem is when you stay in another league, you have to ask if you can play in the Premier League."

“But when you play here, you can play in any league in the world. Because the intensity, the quality, the physicality that you have here is not present in other leagues. For sure Romero is able to play in this league. This league is a perfect suit for him.”

Romero has not played in the Premier League since November 7 having suffered a hamstring injury in the same month during Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against rivals Brazil. The centre-back did start against Brighton in the 3-1 FA Cup win on Saturday and produced an outstanding performance.

He looks like being a key player for Tottenham and having only played twice under Conte before the injury, his return to the team could make a major difference.

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