Alasdair Gold has said that despite reports to the contrary over the past few days, Tottenham remain hopeful that Antonio Conte will sign a new deal.
The Athletic reported on Thursday that some sources close to key figures at Spurs are now less optimistic that Conte will sign a new contract than they were a few months ago.
The report added that the main point of contention between the parties is not likely to be the salary but instead whether Daniel Levy shares the Italian’s ambition to compete for major honours.
The Daily Mail went a step further on Friday, claiming that Tottenham’s attempts to tie Conte down to a new contract are set to fail.
When asked about his contract situation in his press conference on Friday afternoon, the 53-year-old remarked that he is happy at the club and remains in regular contact with the Spurs hierarchy (Football London).
However, Gold has pointed out that Conte has always driven a hard bargain at his previous clubs, and insisted that Tottenham remain hopeful that the situation will be resolved.
When asked about the Spurs head coach’s contract situation, the journalist said on his YouTube channel: “It’s just a thing that happens. It’s happened at previous clubs. What I’ve said before is absolutely still the case.
“Spurs are hopeful that they can get him to sign a new contract and that he seems happy around the club. The last time we spoke to him last month he said that he’s in no rush to do it and it would be something down the line.”
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I think we as Spurs fans need to stop overreacting to every little leak on the matter and small comment that Conte makes in his press conferences.
The negotiations were never going to be straightforward, given how demanding Conte is, but at the same time, the Italian will be aware that he potentially has a very good project on his hands.
Whether or not both parties come to an agreement immediately or not, is not going to affect Conte’s focus on the season as he has always maintained that the contract length is not an issue for him.
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