Antonio Conte has remarked that the Tottenham hierarchy value the hard work he is putting in on a regular basis and want him to remain at the club for a long time.
On the back of Tottenham’s 2-0 loss in the North London derby on Sunday, a result which saw the Lilywhites slip five points below the Champions League places, questions have been raised over the future of Conte.
The Daily Mail reported on Monday that the Italian’s future at Spurs is ‘increasingly uncertain’ and suggested that the club could look to rehire Mauricio Pochettino or turn to another former Chelsea boss in Thomas Tuchel.
This was followed by a report in The Evening Standard on Wednesday, which suggested that Tuchel is open to replacing the 53-year-old at the helm at Tottenham.
However, Conte has now remarked that the Spurs hierarchy want him to remain at the club for a ‘long period’.
He told Football.London: “You only get tired if you work. I work a lot and for this reason it is normal to be tired. Many people don’t look tired – that’s because they don’t work!
“I work a lot for this club, believe me. I give everything for the club. Not only for Tottenham – for Inter, for Juventus, for every club where I was the coach. It is normal that when I finish the day I am tired because I work a lot for the club and for this reason the club want me to stay for a long period.”
Some pundits have questioned Conte’s commitment to Tottenham recently and have suggested that he might not want to stay at the club for too long (The Monday Night Club).
However, Conte dismissed those claims, insisting that he has always given 100 per cent in all of the managerial jobs he has had.
When asked about people questioning his commitment to Tottenham, he responded: “I don’t read and I don’t hear this but the people who know me and you can tell me, I could be not a good coach, but about the commitment and what I give the club where I work, no club was unhappy about this.
“Usually when I left the club they regret me [leaving] a lot because they knew the way that I work and the commitment I put into the club, what I give for the club. Yes. I think this, but in this aspect I am really happy for the way that I am.”
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Despite reports suggesting the contrary over the last few days, I feel that the Tottenham hierarchy will not change their mind regarding Conte on the back of a few bad results.
I believe they will take this opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the Italian. Having said that, Conte has to meet them halfway and cannot afford to make unrealistic demands as he has certainly lost some of the leverage he had a few months ago.
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