Antonio Conte has admitted that he is happy at the club after having a chat with the club hierarchy and hinted that he could stay at the club beyond his current contract.
The North London Club hired Conte last November on a short term contract of 18 months with a one-year extension option. The Italian is known for his being a short-term manager and has never stayed at a club beyond three years.
Even last season despite having just signed for Spurs a few months ago, Conte cast doubts about his stay beyond last season insisting he will have to speak with the hierarchy before making a decision. And after his talk with his bosses, thankfully Conte seems to be happy with the club’s vision.
When asked what made him stay at Spurs, he told Football.London:
“Honestly when I spoke [to the chairman] it was very
simple because at the start of the conversation the club was very clear with me
and said we reached an important achievement and maybe it was very difficult to
think since November when I arrived to go into the Champions League but now we
want to continue to grow, to grow together with ambition.
“Also, for the club, it’s not simple to go into the transfer market and sign players free like Perisic and Forster and sign players on loan like Lenglet, and to sign players with money like Richarlison and Bissouma and Spence.”
Conte also admitted that he is happy with the direction the club are heading hinting that he could be staying at the club beyond his current contract. When asked if he’d stay with Spurs for 3 or more years, he said:
“You know, football is always very strange, but in this moment I’m very happy to stay at Tottenham, I’m very happy to work with this group of players, to work with the club. “We don’t have a problem and we are trying to create a great group also outside of the pitch with the club. In this moment, we have only one target: to go together in the same direction. I think we are doing well with Daniel and with Fabio.”
At the moment, it seems like Conte is happy working with Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici, and considering the backing, the Italian has received this summer, the hierarchy seems to be happy with him too. If the Spurs management continues to trust Conte and showcase the ambition they have so far this summer, there is no reason why he would not want to stay for a longer period.
That said, whether he extends his contract or not, Spurs fans should be excited and hopeful since Conte has a reputation of being a short-term manager but a successful one and has delivered silverware at almost all of his recent jobs.