Antonio Conte says he will only stay at Tottenham if he is 100% convinced by the project as the coach is expected to leave by the end of the season


Antonio Conte has given Tottenham an ultimatum over his future, admitting he will only stay if he is 100 per cent convinced by the club’s plan.

But talkSPORT have been told the Italian doesn’t have the patience for a rebuilding job and is unlikely to still be in charge of Spurs by the end of the season.

Conte has been candid about his long-term future at Tottenham
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The Italian has repeatedly said he is happy at the north London club but now appears to have put the pressure on board to keep him beyond the end of his contract this summer.

Conte has been associated with winning teams throughout his coaching career, having won five league titles as head coach of Juventus, Inter and Chelsea.

It was a new challenge for the 53-year-old then, when he was appointed to Tottenham with the short-term aim of delivering the top four and a long-term aim of making them title contenders.

But, despite qualifying for the Champions League last season, things appear to have gotten out of hand in his second campaign in charge.

Conte was forced to comment on his long-term future as Tottenham manager on several occasions this season, and each time insisted he was happy.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s league trip to Crystal Palace, the Italian was candid, admitting he will have to ‘leave’ if he feels Spurs cannot improve.

Antonio Conte says he will only stay at Tottenham if he is 100% convinced by the project as the coach is expected to leave by the end of the season
Conte admitted he could leave Tottenham if he felt he couldn’t achieve his goals with the club
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“Here I understood that my task is different,” he said. “My task here is to help the club, to build a solid base, to create a base and then to try to improve.

“If you ask me if the challenge is to win the Premier League, to win the Champions League, that’s not the task here at the moment. The task for me is to help the club that I have found. I signed a contract in November 2021 when I found the club in a difficult position for many reasons.

“Now my task, I understood it very well, is to try to help the club to go in the right direction or to come back in the right direction on the choices of the players, on the work, to organize and create a foundation.

“Now this is my big challenge here. Now if I want to stay here, then I have to accept it. Otherwise, if I don’t want to accept this, I have to go.

Pressed on how much time he would give to the current project before deciding to move on, Conte accepted that he wouldn’t stay forever.

“At the beginning for me, it was not easy. It is an important experience. I agreed to do it because I found a great club, a modern club and for that reason I am happy to work here,” Conte insisted.

Antonio Conte says he will only stay at Tottenham if he is 100% convinced by the project as the coach is expected to leave by the end of the season
Spurs seem insecure at the moment
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“My big challenge is that. To continue to work so hard with my staff and the players, to improve the club, to create a solid base.

“If I’m happy to continue doing this job and see the result one day I will continue to stay, if I’m not 100% convinced then I can leave my job here.

“It’s a big job that we do together. I know very well what it is and it is important

“For now, the most important thing is that the process is started. It is very important. Then the process you can speed up or you go step by step. It also depends on many circumstances.

However, talkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor says he cannot see Conte still in charge of Spurs next season.

In fact, the former Aston Villa captain claims he can’t see the Italian in the Tottenham dugout again by the end of the season, claiming he doesn’t have the patience to stay in the dark. area for long-term reconstruction work.

Antonio Conte says he will only stay at Tottenham if he is 100% convinced by the project as the coach is expected to leave by the end of the season
Tottenham were beaten 2-0 by Aston Villa last time out – a result that left them five points behind the top four
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And he believes Conte’s exit could also see Harry Kane leave the club.

Speaking on the talkSPORT Breakfast, he said: “Can Conte handle a rebuilding job? That’s not really what Conte does. I don’t think he has the patience.

“I watched the Villa game and told a friend it was the easiest away win Villa had in years, it was easy, it was like playing against a team under 21. There was no threat for Spurs, they didn’t target in the second half, it was so comfortable for Villa, they didn’t even have to get out of second gear.

“Conte would have looked at this and thought, ‘Can I be bothered by this? This team, they don’t have a winning mentality, their defense is an absolute shambles, with Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison injured they struggle to get forward and Rodrigo Bentancur is a big miss in midfield as well.

“I don’t think he will still be a manager at the end of the season. I don’t think he has the patience for that.

“And will Harry Kane even want to stay? He’s probably thinking, “Come on, the joke is over, I want to win trophies.”

“I don’t think he will be happy to stay at Spurs and not win trophies, they look a million miles away from winning anything.

“This group of players doesn’t even have a chance of being in the top four, for me.”

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