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Antonio Conte contract talks set by Tottenham with major compromise, as Spurs hope for perfect timing

Antonio Conte, October 2022

Tottenham will soon open talks with Antonio Conte about taking up his one-year contract option, instead of talking about a brand new deal.

The Italian manager has revolutionised Spurs just when it seemed they were continuing on a downward trend. Former boss Nuno Espirito Santo lasted just 17 games and Tottenham looked lost.

However, Conte inspired a turnaround. While it was not immediate in his first half-season, it was enough to secure a top-four Premier League finish.

Tottenham are subsequently putting themselves in a strong position to keep up that momentum. They have lost only once in the top flight and are on course to reach the Champions League last 16.

But, hanging over the future of the club like a black cloud is talk of Conte’s future. His initial contract expires this summer and there is a one-year option to extend.

As a result, the Daily Mail reports that Tottenham will open talks with the Italian about his future in the coming weeks. Those talks will take place ‘around the World Cup’.

Spurs hope talking to him then will prove perfect timing because of the mid-season break.

Although, the report adds that Tottenham have accepted a compromise over the subject of the upcoming talks. Tottenham chiefs would ideally want to discuss a brand-new deal with their manager.

Tottenham accept Conte contract talks compromise

But, they will instead focus for now on just the one-year extension. Club officials accept that they need to more to convince Conte of Spurs’ continued upward trend past the end of next season.

Manchester City look better than ever this season after signing former Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. And Conte wants a clear vision mapped out for how to properly close the gap.

Nevertheless, Conte reportedly feels happy with the progress his side have made since he took over.

Crucially for Tottenham bosses, he also feels content with the backing he has received to orchestrate that progress.

Should Spurs get to tying the manager to a new deal, they would look to increase his salary from his current £13million a year.

Spurs need to continue momentum

There is clearly a great deal of trust between Conte and Tottenham at the moment. And that will arguably be the biggest factor in him signing a new contract.

Club chiefs need to trust Conte that he can deliver results on the pitch as a manager, first and foremost.

By the same token, Conte needs to know he will receive backing from the top every transfer window.

There is definitely that harmony at Tottenham right now – and it needs to continue.

Spurs need to get to the mid-season break still in the top four and safely through to the Champions League knock-out stages.

If they don’t, those talks scheduled for during the World Cup may struggle to get far.

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