Tottenham Hotspur are ready to give Antonio Conte a £1m-a-year raise to sign a new contract and commit his future to the club.
But Tottenham could face an anxious wait, as Conte is in no rush to sign a new deal. He wants Tottenham to reaffirm the fact that they share his ambition and must think carefully about his family who still live in Italy.
Tottenham have begun talks with Conte about signing a new deal, as his current contract as head coach is set to expire at the end of this season, although the club has an option to extend it for a further 12 months.
Conte joined Tottenham in a deal worth around £15m-a-year just over a year ago, and last season led the club to the top four of the Premier League table, and qualification for the Champions League.
This season, Tottenham have already clinched a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League and were fourth in the table when the domestic season was paused for the World Cup.
Tottenham have indicated they are ready to reward Conte for his good work so far with a £1m-a-year wage increase, which they hope will be enough to help convince him to stay.
Conte is indeed one of the best-paid managers in the world, but his salary will not be the only, or indeed, the main factor behind whether or not he signs a new contract.
Spurs are also believed to be ready to offer up to two new signings in the January transfer window to help bolster Conte’s side with a creative defender and player who is expected to be at the top of the club’s wish list.
Tottenham must show they share Conte’s ambition
It is unlikely that Conte will rush to sign a new contract until he is confident he will be backed up, not only in January but also in the summer transfer window. He must also consider the wishes of his family.
The former Chelsea manager insists Tottenham must prove they share his ambition to win major trophies and challenge at the top of the league.
Conte has been constantly linked with a return to Juventus, but the Italian club is facing numerous financial problems and last month saw the resignation of its entire board of directors.
Whether or not Harry Kane’s future is linked to Conte’s remains to be seen. The England captain has a contract that expires in the summer of 2024 and is a stated goal for Bayern Munich.
Seeing Conte sign a new deal would certainly help convince Kane that Tottenham are serious about winning silverware, but the 29-year-old faces a huge decision as to whether or not he will commit to Spurs.
England’s elimination from the World Cup means Kane is yet to win the trophy in his career and he must also overcome the pain of missing the penalty that would have brought his country’s equalizer against France in the quarter-finals.
Kane will not have to see France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris again until next week after the 35-year-old played in the World Cup final against Argentina.
Tottenham resume their season away at Brentford on Boxing Day and Kane may need to quickly rediscover his best form with Richarlison sustaining a hamstring injury he picked up in Qatar.
Conte also has injury concerns over Rodrigo Bentancur, who is suspended for the Brentford game, and World Cup defender Ben Davies, while Son Heung-min is likely to have to don his protective mask.
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