The Telegraph have revealed that Antonio Conte could miss out on £15m if he is sacked before he can guide Tottenham to a potential top-four finish, due to a clause in his contract.

90 min reported earlier this week that Tottenham would owe Conte a settlement of £15m if they sack the Italian before his contract ends in June, which is why the decision to call time on the project is a complicated one for the Lilywhites hierarchy.

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However, The Telegraph have now explained the Spurs head coach would only be due £4m if the club decide to sack him during the current international break.

The report explains that Tottenham currently have the option to extend Conte’s contract by another 12 months but that option would shift in the Italian’s favour if he is able to guide the team to another top-four finish this season.

Thus, if the 53-year-old were to help Spurs secure Champions League qualification, he would be able to choose to extend his contract by another year, which would be worth a further £15m.

However, The Telegraph assert that the North London club could now sack the Italian, place him on gardening leave and pay his normal salary until the end of the season or find a mutual settlement for less than the value of his deal.

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I wonder if it is the legal permutations regarding the pay-off clause that is delaying Tottenham’s decision to call time on the project.

The club might be talking with their lawyers to make sure that the Italian cannot take them to court should they make the decision to sack him and put him on gardening leave.

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