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Antonio Conte explains why he’s against loaning out Tottenham’s young players


Gil had been linked with a temporary move back to his native Spain but was a standout performer at Selhurst Park, picking up his first Premier League assist in the victory.

While Conte hopes to have more options for the Arsenal clash, hinting at possible returns for the injured Richarlison, Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski as well as Bissouma, he was thrilled by what he saw from Gil.

He said: “We are talking about a player who was born to play football. He understands football quickly. He’s so clever, so intelligent to understand the situation.

“Then you know this league is difficult, because you have to be good in quality and be fast and to have good endurance and he has this type of quality.”

Patrick Vieira, meanwhile, was once again left asking himself why Palace have routinely failed to find the finishing touch when provided with promising opportunities.

Shortly after his opposite number lauded Spurs’ youthful talent, Vieira wondered if age and inexperience might play a factor in his side’s struggles in front of goal.

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He said: “Sometimes we want things that will take time to have. We are talking about knowing which part of the game that they need to improve, and sometimes when a player scores one goal, who did something really well, we think that he’s already there.

“We have some young players we need to improve. We put them in a really good condition, they are in a really good club where we’re putting something in place to allow them to keep improving, and sometimes it’s tough.”

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