Fabrizio Romano has revealed Harry Kane and Antonio Conte will likely wait until the end of the summer before entering any potential talks about new contracts at Tottenham.
Spurs are set for a busy summer of transfer activity in preparation for the new campaign and their return to the Champions League.
The club has already confirmed the free transfer of Ivan Perisic who is expected to slot in at left wing-back, while Southampton’s Fraser Forster is expected to be the next arrival (Evening Standard).
Tottenham also received a boost with Conte pledging his immediate future in North London after recently meeting managing director Fabio Paratici in Italy to discuss his options (Guardian).
Conte’s contract runs until the summer of 2023 after signing an 18-month deal in November, but previously suggested he would be open to extending if the club showed him ‘good vision’ in terms of ambition in the transfer market (The Guardian).
But Romano has now admitted the Italian will remain patient about any potential new deal, suggesting he will wait until the end of the transfer window at least before entering talks.
Romano told Chris Cowlin: “I think it’s not easy for Antonio Conte, it will take some time. I think he wants to see the real ambition in the market and then maybe discuss a new deal in the coming months.
“But at the moment there are no negotiations for Conte’s new deal with Tottenham. I think he will wait for the summer [to end] and then he will decide.”
Meanwhile, talisman Kane is thought to be happy with life at Tottenham under Conte and has performed a U-turn on his future after pushing to join Manchester City last summer.
The Evening Standard reported the England captain could now be ready to enter new contract talks after having been convinced by Spurs’ progress.
Romano notes Spurs are ‘desperate’ to tie Kane down for the long-term but believes the 28-year-old will likely wait to make a decision just like Conte.
He added: “For Harry Kane, I was asking one week ago and the answer I received is pretty clear – it’s not something imminent. I think Kane also wants to wait [like Conte].
“I see Kane and Conte on the same page, in the same position. They want to see the real ambition for Tottenham on the market this summer to see [how the project will look].
“I think it will take some time before we see Harry sign a new deal, but Tottenham are desperate. I’m sure that they have good chances but for Conte it will take some time. At the moment he is not even in negotiations.”
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Tying Conte and Kane down for a longer time will definitely be one of Tottenham’s main concerns going forward, but it looks like the pair are remaining patient about the situation.
If Spurs have a good summer of activity and make a good start to the new season, then there shouldn’t be a reason why they don’t look to extend.
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