The Daily Mirror journalist Darren Lewis has revealed that he expects Tottenham to begin talks over a new contract with Antonio Conte soon and for the Italian to commit his future to the club.
Conte signed an 18-month contract with Spurs when he replaced Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm in November of last year, with reports indicating at the time that there is an option to extend the deal by another 12 months (The Times).
However, the Italian was hesitant to publicly commit himself to the club over the long term during his press conferences last season.
In fact, even after Tottenham sealed Champions League qualification with a 5-0 win over Norwich in the final game of last season, he stated that he would need to speak to the Spurs hierarchy before making a decision on his future (Football.London).
The North London club have certainly backed the 52-year-old ahead of his first full season in charge, bringing in six new players through the door so far this summer.
In his press conference ahead of Tottenham’s final pre-season friendly of the summer against AS Roma, Conte suggested that he is prepared to build a long-term project at Spurs in order to ensure the club can compete on all fronts over the years to come (Football.London).
Lewis believes the former Inter boss is happy with how things are going at the club and will put pen to paper on a new contract.
When asked if he expects the club to enter negotiations over extending Conte’s contract, the journalist said on Last Word On Spurs YouTube channel: “In a word, yes. Because I think he’s asked to build his team and they’ve brought him the players that he’s been after.
“The ones they haven’t managed to get, well, it’s not really the club’s fault they haven’t managed to get them, those players have just decided that they didn’t want to come.
“No one’s going to tell Conte what to do or what a winning mentality looks like. And so yeah, I do think he will sign a new contract and I do think he’ll build something.”
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I do not think Spurs will be in a hurry to offer Conte a new contract, given that there is an option to extend the deal at the end of this season. If the team is doing well midway into the upcoming campaign, then one would expect all parties to open talks over a long-term deal.
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