As rumours continue to circulate surrounding the future of Antonio Conte at Tottenham, it has been suggested that Spurs may have earmarked a potential replacement just in case things don’t go to plan with the negotiations to keep the Italian.

Conte has now been at Tottenham for just over a year, and has done a pretty successful job of elevating the club in that short space of time. The Italian’s management has seen fortunes improve both on and off the pitch.

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He took Spurs to fourth place last season and sealed Champions League qualification, while this season the club sits third in the Premier League and has the last 16 of the Champions League to look forward to. The players too, appear more mentally and physically strong than ever.

With his contract up in the summer, there are varying reports around whether Conte will extend his stay in North London. NBC Sports suggest a new deal is ‘unlikely’ while The Athletic reported negotiations between Conte and Daniel Levy were already underway.

Whatever the truth, it seems Spurs are taking no chances and have some names lined up to take over just in case Conte does leave in 2023. According to journalist Rudy Galetti, Benfica manager Roger Schmidt is on that list.

Galetti claims Spurs see Schmidt as fitting the “ideal profile” they would be looking for in a new coach, and said the club is “rightly looking around” at present to avoid being “unprepared” for the worst-case scenario of Antonio Conte refusing a new contract.

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Roger Schmidt has done a fine job with Benfica, and you only have to look at their incredible performance in the Champions League this year to see how talented a manager he is. We’re trying not to think about life without Antonio Conte, but it’s good that the club is preparing just in case.

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