Antonio Conte has explained that he signed a short contract at Tottenham to avoid being a hindrance on the club with his high wages and believes he needs to earn the right to a long-term deal.
The Italian signed an 18-month contract lasting until the summer of 2023 upon his appointment in November, with Spurs having an option to extend the deal should they want to.
Conte has quickly reiterated the need for patience when conducting a rebuild, but some Spurs fans may be questioning how long the Italian intends to stick around for.
The 52-year-old has explained that he prefers to sign short-term contracts to prevent his £13 million-a-year salary from becoming a burden on clubs.
He also admitted that he needs prove himself in order to earn the right of having a more long-term deal at Spurs.
Conte said (via Football.London): “You are right because I signed a contract for this season and next season. I think that we decided together, the club and I, to go for this decision.
“I think that I don’t need a long contract to be sure to work for a club. I think that the club has to appreciate my job and then to extend my contract, but only if I showed the club to deserve this.
“I repeat, I’m not a coach that wants many years of a contract. Also, it’s not fair, because I know very well I’m a top coach with an important salary for the club.
“It’s okay, I repeat I’m open to improve the Tottenham situation and I decided to sign a contract with this club and I’m available to give my opinion, to give my vision and it won’t be a problem for me, a short contract – only one year to go.
“It won’t be a problem and I don’t want to commit clubs for many years because I understand the salary is an important salary for the club and I have to deserve this type of contract.
“It’s okay because Tottenham has to be sure 120 per cent to continue to work with me. It’s okay.”
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This does seem logical considering he is on a pretty hefty salary. Although he is an elite coach and really doesn’t need to prove himself in terms of receiving a long-term deal, but we have to make sure he is given the time on the way to rebuilding Spurs.
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