Tottenham Hotspur manager may wait until after the January transfer window to decide whether or not he’ll sign a new contract at the club, according to pundit Tam McManus.
The Lowdown: Conte’s contract situation
Last month, it was reported that the Lilywhites are in talks with the manager over potentially signing a new long-term contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
With Spurs’ season now on hold while the World Cup takes place in Qatar, this has led to one pundit to make a prediction over the Italian’s future at Tottenham.
The Latest: Conte to wait until January
Speaking to Football Insider, McManus gave his reaction when asked whether this period before domestic football returns could be an ideal time for the club to work out a new deal with Conte.
He said: “The club have had a few poor results recently but they are still in the top four. When you consider that Spurs have been a bit of a yoyo club over the last 10 years, in and out of the Champions League, you need some stability.
“There hasn’t been a load of Champions League football. If Conte can get them into the top four every year and there is a long-term project that he enjoys then the fans would be delighted. As long as the deal isn’t signed, it looks like he will go at the end of the season. There will be worries among the Tottenham supporters.
“As we know, he likes working there and there is the opportunity for Spurs to tie him down. Everyone wants him tied down but it’s whether Spurs have the appetite to give him more money. Let’s see what happens in January. Signing it now would be great but Conte might wait to see what happens in January, how much is spent.”
The Verdict: A top priority for Spurs
Having backed the 53-year-old financially during the two previous transfer windows in terms of bringing in new players to the club, the prospect about it happening again in January shouldn’t be a concern for Conte.
With 33 wins under his belt across the 58 games he’s taken charge of at Spurs, which includes getting the team into the last 16 round of this season’s Champions League after qualifying ahead of North London rivals Arsenal last season, it’s easy to see why the club are keen to secure a new long-term deal for the manager.
In our view, not only is this a top priority for the club’s hierarchy, but doing it as quickly as possible would be the best way to get rid of any speculation surrounding Conte’s future.
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