Journalist claims one factor could put players off coming to Spurs this summer

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Journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed that doubts over Antonio Conte’s future might cause players to think twice about moving to Tottenham this summer.

According to reports, Conte wants as many as six new signings to come through the door during this summer’s transfer window (Telegraph).

However, there remains a question mark over the Italian’s future, with reports indicating that he could take over from Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain (Le Parisien).

Conte has refused to commit his future to Spurs, remarking instead that he will meet with the club hierarchy at the end of the season to discuss their future plans (Football.London).

The Athletic reported on Monday that Daniel Levy is fully behind Conte and the club are prepared to prioritise the short-term over the long-term by signing players who would strengthen the first team this summer.

However, O’Rourke noted that players might be put off from coming to Spurs due to the uncertainty over Conte’s future.

The journalist told GiveMeSport: “Obviously, it’s not great to attract players if there are doubts over the manager’s long-term future, because players want to know that they will be playing under this manager, if he wants to sign them.

“So, that could be the only thing that might put doubts in players’ minds, but I think the recruitment team will be continuing to work away on transfer targets, whatever is going on with Antonio Conte.”

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One would expect Conte to either commit 100 per cent to the club or decide to leave depending on how his meeting with Levy and Paratici goes at the end of the season.

The club will likely only push ahead with approaches for their transfer targets once Conte’s future becomes clear. So, I do not see O’Rourke’s point being a concern this summer.

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