Tottenham set to FAIL in their bid to tie Antonio Conte down to a new contract before the season resumes… with the Italian in no hurry to sign an improved deal despite Spurs offering him a £1m-per-year pay rise
- Tottenham have offered Antonio Conte a £1million-a-year pay rise to keep him
- Conte is in no hurry to sign an improved deal and is stalling on the club’s offer
- He will expect evidence that Daniel Levy meets his high level of ambition
Tottenham’s attempts to tie down Antonio Conte before the Premier League resumes next week look set to fail despite offering their Italian manager a £1million-a-year pay rise.
Conte has made it clear he is in no hurry to sign a new and improved contract.
There have been talks during the World Cup to extend his deal, which is due to expire at the end of this season, and which contains an option for one more year. But an agreement is yet to be reached.
Antonio Conte is stalling on Tottenham’s contract offer which would see him get a pay rise
It is a stance consistent with Conte’s usual style. Wherever he works, he likes to exert pressure on the club, especially when the transfer market is about to open.
He walked out on both Juventus and Inter Milan because he was concerned about their commitment to improve and — with his wife and daughter still based in Italy — the prospect that it might happen again remains.
Conte, 53, will expect evidence that chairman Daniel Levy continues to share his level of ambition, to keep Spurs at the top and competing for biggest prizes.
He is in no rush to extend his stay at Tottenham despite the £1million-per-week pay rise offer
The Italian remains hugely popular with fans after leading Spurs back into the Champions League, and because they are a creditable fourth after 15 games of this season, but there are high-profile alternatives on the market if they do decide to go their separate ways, including former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.
Meanwhile his contract talks will continue, but Levy is understood to be comfortable with the situation.
Tottenham are set to face Nice in a friendly on Wednesday evening.
Ahead of the game, he addressed his players who took part in the World Cup in Qatar.
Conte will expect evidence that chairman Daniel Levy matches his level of expectation
He told the club’s official website: ‘Hugo Lloris lost the final and, instead, Cuti (Cristian Romero) won the final. For Harry, he missed a penalty, but I think he played a really good World Cup.
‘For sure, they have to try and put to one side this experience. Every experience is very important in your life, but, at the same time, you have to know now that we have to start to think again about Tottenham and try to do our best.
‘We are talking about important players for us, these are players who can make a difference.’
Addressing how he deals with players after disappointing World Cups, he said: ‘For sure, in this type of situation, it’s important also to speak with the players, to understand very well their mood, the way that the World Cup has affected them in a positive or negative way and to try to overcome together, these experiences.
‘The coach has to be good to find the right balance, in both cases – if you played a great World Cup or if you played a World Cup and something happened that went wrong.’