ROME. – Antonio Conte flew back from Italy on a RYANAIR budget plane, which costs as little as £12, after he snubbed a private jet in a move praised by football fans.
The 52-year-old Tottenham manager currently earns around £280,000 per week in North London.
But that did not stop him from being spotted using a budget flight to travel back from his summer holiday in Italy.
The ex-Juventus coach was returning from Turin to London via a means of transport which costs as little as £12.
Football supporters were stunned by the move – but hailed Conte’s desire to remain grounded despite his £12 million-a-year deal.
One social media user said: “Man of the people… what’s wrong with him flying with normal hard working people?”
Another added: “Love this. Just because he is rich he doesn’t take a private jet everywhere, pretty down to earth. Happy to travel with the plebs.”
And a third said: “Good to see him not killing the environment getting a private jet.”
Meanwhile, Ryanair themselves responded: “What do we think of Tottenham?”
Conte’s decision to fly with Ryanair comes just 24 hours after Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski decided to take a commercial flight back from his holiday in Spain.
The 33-year-old appeared to turn down the chance to fly back to Germany on a private jet despite his reported £369k-a-week wages.
Meanwhile, Conte’s money-saving methods are not being reflected by his club as Tottenham continue to splash the cash this summer.
Spurs have already confirmed four new arrivals – Fraser Forster and Ivan Perisic on free transfers, Yves Bissouma for £25m, and Richarlison for £60m.
And the club are being linked with even more signings before the window shuts.
Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence and Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet both appear to be closing in on moves to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. – The Sun