The Lowdown: Conte to be backed?
With Conte’s Tottenham contract set to expire in June, the Premier League outfit are at a point where they must decide whether they are willing to go along with his long-term plans for the club and back him in the January market.
The Athletic reported that talks have been held between the 53-year-old and the Spurs hierarchy, but nothing is yet to be confirmed in the way of a contract extension, with the manager wanting assurances regarding the club’s plans for the upcoming transfer window, as well as their general ambition.
The Latest: Conte’s firm message
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones iterated the calibre of player that Conte wants to bring to the club, while he also warned Tottenham about spending money before the manager signs a new deal in N17.
The transfer insider said: “It’s one thing for Conte to outline, let’s say, two prime signings for January. Conte doesn’t want club signings. He wants elite signings that immediately improve a starting XI, and that’s fine because Tottenham do want success quickly.
“But ultimately, if Conte isn’t willing to commit his own future to the club beyond the end of the season, the club have to be a little bit careful because what if they spend a load of money on two signings and are paying them 150 grand a week, 200 grand a week and then suddenly the next manager doesn’t want them and they’re left with players that don’t fit in?”
The Verdict: Extend Conte’s contract?
If Spurs do not want to be left in a situation similar to the one outlined by Jones, the easiest solution is to give Conte the assurances that he needs, thereby convincing him to agree to a contract extension.
The manager’s impressive CV speaks for itself, winning a total of nine major trophies, including five league titles. He also oversaw a fantastic turnaround last season to secure a top-four finish for Spurs, who were eighth when he took the job in November 2021.
It would be very hard for Tottenham to find another manager of such pedigree, so the club’s hierarchy should back Conte by giving him the signings that he wants in January, strengthening their chances of securing Champions League football again in the process.