Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte and star Harry Kane look to be staying at Spurs for the long haul.
That is what the Italian boss’s comments after his side’s game against AS Roma suggest, despite the pair approaching the end of their contracts.
There had been speculation that the Premier League winning manager wouldn’t stay at the club for long, with fears Conte would get fed up with chairman Daniel Levy’s unwillingness to spend in the transfer window.
But those worries have been all but dashed following Tottenham‘s spending over the summer, and his comments across their pre-season tour in South Korea, Glasgow and Israel.
They rounded off their friendlies with a 1-0 loss against Roma on Saturday. However, it’s been a positive summer break for Conte’s side as they have recruited six of his transfer targets.
The Italian boss has one year left on his contract with the option to extend for another.
But, despite a new deal not being offered just yet, Conte has said he’s ‘happy’ focusing on what he’s building instead.
“I have to be honest. In my career the contract was never important. I didn’t need to sign contracts for one, two or three years. For the club it could also be a weight,” he said.
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“I’m happy, I’m happy. We’re working really well together. It’s not that one year on the contract more or less can change the situation.”
What will be most relieving for Spurs fans though is that Conte stressed he’s enjoying working with Levy and managing director of football, Fabio Paratici.
He continued: “For sure we want to continue to improve, to build something important for this club.
“If the idea continues to be in this way, there will be zero problems to continue my life in Tottenham because I stay well and I like this group of players and I have a good relationship with Paratici and with Daniel Levy.”
Conte’s comments come after he’d already alluded to staying at Tottenham for the long term on Friday.
Conte went on to discuss his players’ contracts, including left-back Ben Davies and Harry Kane.
Davies had his contract renewed at the end of last month, signing on until the end of 2025 – which the Italian said had been a real bonus for him.
“Yeah first of all Ben Davies deserved to sign a new contract because last season he played in an outstanding way and he’s a really good guy,” said Conte.
“He’s always positive and to have a player like him in your starting XI or on the bench at this level I think is important.”
Meanwhile, talisman and England captain Harry Kane – who was wanted by Manchester City last summer – is yet to be offered a fresh contract.
But despite Kane having just two years left on his deal, Conte seemed confident that the Spurs star will stay at Spurs with him, despite the likes of Bayern Munich and Chelsea showing interest this summer.
After discussing Davies, Conte continued: “Then for sure the club will want to try to renew the contract of their best players.
“You know very well that Harry is for us is an important player, but I see him very happy. I see him happy.
“His feelings are positive but at the same time we have to understand that if we want to reach something important we have to fight in every game and tonight they showed yeah we played football, but the opponent won.”
Tottenham face Southampton on the opening day of the 2022/23 on Saturday and you can listen to it live on talkSPORT 2 at 3pm.
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