TOTTENHAM health coach Gian Piero Ventrone has died aged 61 after a brief battle with acute leukaemia.
Ventrone constructed a popularity of working gamers extraordinarily onerous, however nonetheless managed to construct up an unbelievable rapport with them.
In a tragic flip of occasions, Tottenham confirmed: “We’re devastated to announce that health coach Gian Piero Ventrone has handed away.
“The 61-year-old joined the Membership in November, 2021, as a part of Antonio Conte’s backroom employees, having beforehand held roles at Juventus, Catania, JS Suning, GZ Evergrande and AC Ajaccio.
“As loveable off the pitch as he was demanding on it, Gian Piero rapidly grew to become a massively widespread determine with gamers and employees.
“He will likely be vastly missed by everybody on the Membership and our ideas are along with his household and mates at this impossibly unhappy time.”
Throughout his time at Spurs, Ventrone developed a very sturdy relationship with South Korean celebrity Son Heung-min – who made a degree of hugging him after scoring his hat-trick towards Leicester final month.
After the touching second, Son mentioned: “Yeah, he’s a killer. He’s a killer however I’ve a very, actually good relationship with Gian Piero.
“So clearly his English just isn’t good, generally he’s coming along with his telephone and translating into English from Italian.
“It means quite a bit. Not as football-wise, I believe life-wise he offers me a lot recommendation, which I’m actually grateful.
“He has been so useful, giving me at all times a giant hug in powerful instances and even nice instances he has at all times been subsequent to me and each employees.
“Even as we speak earlier than we left the coaching floor, the resort, we had a few minutes of getting a pleasant dialog which made me actually snug and actually grateful.”
‘WE ARE ALL DEVASTATED’
Following Ventrone’s passing, Richarlison led the tributes – writing on social media: “Since I arrived at Tottenham, Gian has been an enormous inspiration to me.
“He at all times mentioned that I’d assist him quite a bit throughout the season, however who helped me was him… rather more than he can think about. At the moment we woke as much as the horrible information of his passing and we’re all devastated.
“We’ll proceed to play for you, my pal, who taught us to by no means hand over! Thanks a lot and relaxation in peace!”
‘A TRULY REMARKABLE MAN’
Devastated striker Kane wrote on Instagram: “A really exceptional man.
“I’m devastated by the passing of our coach Gian Piero. My love and energy is along with his household presently.
“His phrases and knowledge will reside on with me for the remainder of my life and I’m simply grateful I had the chance to spend time with him. Relaxation in peace Prof.”
Matt Doherty added, alongside a crying emoji: “Superb Man.”
‘WE ARE ALL GRATEFUL’
And the Irishman’s fellow full-back Emerson Royal wrote: “I want I may thanks for what you probably did for me.. I can not specific in phrases the ache that’s in my chest, you’ll at all times be our “proff”! not simply me , we’re all grateful for what you probably did for us.
“The times won’t ever be the identical with out your presence. Relaxation in peace my everlasting pal.”
Ryan Sessegnon tweeted: “Was such an incredible particular person😢💙 Devastated by the information 💔
“Was at all times optimistic and at all times pushing us to our limits to grow to be higher.
“My love and energy goes out to his household and everybody related to Gian piero at this troublesome time 🙏🏿 RIP Prof.”
‘REAL AND AUTHENTIC’
Whereas final season’s back-up goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini wrote on Instagram: “Ciao prof! 🖤🙏 Actual and genuine man in a soccer full of faux males, it was a privilege to have met you on my journey.”
Tottenham’s health ranges improved remarkably following the arrival of professional Ventrone, which might have been no shock to Conte.
The 53-year-old first encountered the person identified in his homeland as “The Marine” throughout his taking part in days at Juventus below Marcello Lippi within the Nineties.
Ventrone performed a task in Juve’s memorable 1996 Champions League win, getting Conte and Co in unbelievable form.
In addition to Lippi and Conte, Ventrone additionally went on to work with one other Italian legend in Fabio Cannavaro, throughout the former defender’s stint as Guangzhou Evergrande boss.
Ventrone performed a very instrumental position in Spurs’ pre-season this 12 months – placing gamers by their paces with brutal classes throughout their tour of South Korea.
Harry Kane threw up throughout the session whereas Son collapsed to the bottom with tiredness – however each knew the gruelling exercise would profit them in the long term.
Within the wake of the tragic information, Conte’s pre-match press convention was understandably cancelled.
Tottenham’s chief industrial officer Todd L. Kline wrote on Twitter: “Past unhappy information. GPV was a power of nature who made a optimistic impression on everybody he met.
“I’ll miss our conversations on the street and his contagious optimistic perspective. Only a phenomenal human. My ideas are along with his household and mates.”