Pundit claims Spurs have ‘no hope’ of keeping Conte even with top four finish

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Antonio Conte
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Former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie has claimed that he can’t see Antonio Conte staying at Tottenham even if the North London club manage to qualify for the Champions League.

There has been plenty of speculation regarding Conte’s future over recent weeks (Le Parisien) and the Italian has done little to end the rumours.

Despite being asked on multiple occasions, the 52-year-old refused to commit himself to Spurs and insisted that he will have a meeting with the club’s hierarchy to discuss their future plans at the end of the season (Football.London).

Reports emerged on Monday suggesting that Daniel Levy is the man who drove Conte’s appointment and that the Spurs chairman is fully committed to making things work (The Athletic).

It was explained that Tottenham could spend their entire transfer budget this summer on players who are ready for the first-team rather than signing up and coming talents, in order to satisfy the Italian.

However, McAvennie believes that no matter what Spurs do, Conte will walk away as the former Inter Milan boss will not be able to challenge for major honours with the Lilywhites.

When asked about Conte’s future, the pundit told Football Insider: “I can’t see him staying. They need to get into the top four but even if they do that there will be other interested clubs.

“Conte doesn’t want to just finish fourth, he wants to manage a team that will win trophies. How long is it going to be until this side is ready to win trophies? It won’t be next season.

“Conte will also want to spend a lot of money and I don’t think he will get it. He’s so good he can do whatever he wants so it’s up to him, I think he will go. I think there is no hope of keeping him.”

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If what McAvennie says is true, Conte would not have accepted the Spurs job in the first place. The Italian will be aware that there are some world-class players at the club and a decent base to build on. There is no reason why we cannot challenge for trophies next season with three of four smart additions in the summer window.

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