Pundit and former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson isn’t sure Antonio Conte would sign a new three-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur, but said talks of a fresh contract are ‘promising’.
The Lowdown: Conte’s time at Spurs
Spurs appointed Conte last November on an 18-month deal after parting ways with previous manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Last month, it was reported that the club had opened talks with the Italian over potentially signing a new long-term contract at the north London club, with Conte saying himself his dream is to stay in north London for many years.
Now that domestic football has taken a break to accommodate the World Cup, it seems as though the subject of Conte’s future has been brought up, with one pundit sharing their thoughts on the matter.
The Latest: Uncertainty over Conte’s future
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson, who contributes to Sky Sports, said it ‘sounds very promising’ about Conte’s future at Spurs and is sure ‘the players are desperate for him to stay’, however, he wasn’t sure the Italian would sign a really long deal.
“It sounds very promising for Spurs. The type of person and the type of character Conte is, that could change quickly.
“It would be great to get him signed up to a new long-term deal, it would give the club peace of mind. I am sure that the players are desperate for him to stay. But Conte could have a change of heart tomorrow or next week and say he has had enough. He is a volatile character.
“I do not suspect he will sign a really long-term deal. It might be a one or two-year deal. Something like that. There’s no doubt in my mind right now that he is the right man for Spurs though. The club is moving in the right direction.”
The Verdict: A no-brainer for Spurs
In the Premier League this season, the Lilywhites have won nine, drawn two and lost four of their 15 games, putting them in fourth place once again.
Taking into account what the 53-year-old has done during his first year in charge of the team, it’s easy to see why the club would be keen to tie down his long-term future.
However, with his track record of not usually spending more than two years in charge of any club he’s managed in the past, it’s understandable why Robinson thinks there may be some uncertainty over his long-term position at Spurs moving forward.