Harry Kane leads tributes to Tottenham fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone following his death from leukemia… as the Spurs forward hails the Italian as a ‘truly remarkable man’ and says he is ‘devastated’ by his sudden passing
- Tottenham fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone has passed away at the age of 61
- Ventrone suddenly passed away from leukemia at a hospital in Naples
- Harry Kane has paid tribute to the Italian in an emotional post on Twitter
- Richarlison and Matt Doherty have also paid tribute to Ventrone after his death
Harry Kane has led the tributes to Tottenham’s fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone after he died suddenly from leukemia at the age of 61 on Thursday.
Ventrone, nicknamed ‘The Marine’ for his demanding training regimes, arrived at Spurs last year alongside Antonio Conte and was a popular member of the coaching setup.
He was taken ill on Thursday morning, and passed away at a hospital in Naples. Kane has reacted to Ventrone’s death with an emotional post on Twitter.
‘A truly remarkable man. I’m devastated by the passing of our coach Gian Piero. My love and strength is with his family at this time,’ Kane tweeted alongside a picture of himself with Ventrone.
‘His words and wisdom will live on with me for the rest of my life and I’m just grateful I had the opportunity to spend time with him. RIP Prof.’
Heung-min Son added his own tribute to Ventrone on Instagram.
‘The world has lost a truly special person. Gian, you helped me get through the hardest times, and together we celebrated some incredible memories,’ he wrote.
Harry Kane has hailed Gian Piero Ventrone as a ‘truly remarkable man’ following his passing
Heung-min Son paid an emotional tribute to Vetrone on his Instagram on Thursday afternoon
Richarlison also paid tribute to Ventrone, saying the Italian was a ‘huge inspiration’ for him
Richarlison’s post was alongside a picture of himself receiving advice from Ventrone
‘I cannot put in enough words my gratitude to you, and how much I owe to you. We will miss you so, so much. Thank you for everything my friend. I am sending all of my love to you and all of your family.’
Fellow striker Richarlison also paid tribute to the Italian following the news of his death.
‘Since I arrived at Tottenham, Gian has been a huge inspiration to me. He always said that I would help him a lot during the season, but who helped me was him…much more than he can imagine,’ he wrote.
‘Today we woke up to the terrible news of his passing and we are all devastated.’
Right-back Matt Doherty posted his own personal tribute on social media as he responded to Tottenham’s tweet which read: ‘Rest in peace, Gian Piero’.
Matt Doherty labeled Ventrone an ‘amazing man’ as he paid tribute to him on Twitter
Doherty replied: ‘Amazing man’.
Tottenham’s chief commercial officer Todd L. Kline labeled Ventrone a ‘phenomenal human’.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Beyond sad news. GPV was a force of nature who made a positive impact on everyone he met. I will miss our conversations on the road and his contagious positive attitude. Just a phenomenal human. My thoughts are with his family and friends.’
Conte was due to speak to the media on Thursday ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Brighton this weekend, but his press conference was canceled after Ventrone’s death.
Ventrone’s funeral is due to take place on Sunday at 3pm.