Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte to consider longer Tottenham stay if club show 'vision'

Jude Summerfield
Conte's Spurs are currently seventh
Conte's Spurs are currently seventh / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages
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Antonio Conte has said that he would be willing to extend his stay with Tottenham if the club can show a 'good vision' for the next few years.

The Italian signed a deal until June 2023 when he succeeded Nuno Espirito Santo late last year and has Spurs in contention for a top four spot.

However, the team's inconsistency has frustrated him at points, particularly in the Burnley defeat after which he dramatically said he may not be the manager to fix Tottenham's current issues.

While there remain fears he could walk away in the summer, the former Chelsea boss has revealed he is committed to the project for another season.

He said: “In this moment there is only one truth and [it is] I am committed with this club for another year. The club wanted this situation and I accepted because it was good to know each other [first].

"After four and a half months, the club understood my way to work and I understood the club. We now have three months to the end of the season to continue to improve this knowledge of each other and then to find the best solution for both.

“I am enjoying to work for this club. My ambition is to fight to be competitive, to fight to win. I know my soul, my heart and my mind wants this. I hope that we can match these two situations.

“It will be very important to have a good vision. In January, we showed that we have just started to improve the situation. To fight to win the league or to stay in the top four, we need a big, big improvement and we have started to do this with these players.

"We are improving a lot. But you need in the future to have other important steps. And to have the ambition with facts and not only with words.”

Spurs can go level on points with fourth place Arsenal with a win against Manchester United on Saturday night and Conte claims his side are not shying away from the fight for Champions League qualification.

“I have improved our level of ambition as now I am asking my players to fight for this target,” he added. “I want to put the pressure on myself and the whole environment because the players deserve this type of pressure. It has to be a good pressure.

“We are ready. We are ready to fight, to play our cards and see what happens. It would be outstanding for us to win a Champions League [place] because, don’t forget, this season for Tottenham was very difficult for many, many aspects.”


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