The Times have revealed that the Tottenham hierarchy expect Antonio Conte to stay at the club next season if they qualify for the Champions League.
Spurs need just one point in their final Premier League game at Carrow Road to seal a fourth-place finish.
According to The Times, Conte is in line to collect a bonus of £2.5m if he leads the club back into the Champions League.
The Italian has refused to commit his future to the North London club, remarking last month that he will have to meet with Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici at the end of the season to discuss the club’s ambitions (Football.London).
However, The Times claim that the Spurs hierarchy believe the chance to lead the club into the Champions League and the promise of being able to strengthen the squad will be enough to persuade Conte to stay at the club next season.
It is also revealed that the 52-year-old met Levy for dinner three weeks ago, with the pair thought to have discussed potential transfers.
While Conte allegedly wants to make wholesale changes to the squad, it is explained that the Spurs head coach will need to strike a balance between his desire to sign experienced players and the club’s philosophy of bringing in younger players with a high resale value.
Spurs Web Opinion
I believe Conte’s reluctance to commit his future is purely down to the Italian not wanting to weaken his hand while negotiating with the club on the transfer budget available this summer. I do not think there is any chance of him walking away this summer, particularly if we get into the Champions League.
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