Fabrizio Romano says reported Spurs target has a summer release clause

Fabrizio Romano has revealed there is a release clause in Brighton and Hove Albion manager Roberto De Zerbi’s contract that could be activated in the summer, amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur in the Italian coach.

Spurs are on the hunt for a new manager once more after announcing Antonio Conte had parted ways with the club after 16 months in charge.

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Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason are taking charge of the first team until the end of the season.

It is thought that ‘a few’ managers have already expressed their interest in becoming the next permanent manager of Tottenham come the summer (GiveMeSport).

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is believed to have a shortlist of potential new managers too (Telegraph).

One name on that list could well be Brighton boss De Zerbi, who has been linked with the top job at Spurs already (Telegraph).

The 43-year-old has impressed many since taking over from Graham Potter, but it was suggested he was out of the running for the Spurs position (Football Insider).

According to Romano, there could be a twist in the story when summer rolls around, as there is a release clause in De Zerbi’s contract with Brighton.

Romano tweeted: “Understand there’s a fixed amount into Roberto De Zerbi’s contract to leave Brighton, similar to Potter.

“There’s one crucial difference: it’s only valid in the summer, not during the season. De Zerbi, only focused on Brighton to complete the season in the best way.”

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I really like what De Zerbi is doing at Brighton and I do think he would be a great fit for Spurs.

That said, we’ve seen how difficult it’s been for Potter to step up at Chelsea, and I do worry the same could happen for us if we went for a manger like De Zerbi.

He’s not even had a full season in the Premier League yet, so we would have to be wary of that.

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