What’s the latest?
Conte’s time in north London is set to expire at the end of this season with the Italian only signing an 18-month deal when he joined back in 2021.
The Lilywhites do hold the option to extend his stay by an extra year and there has been the hope he would put pen to paper on an even longer deal.
However, recent reports have suggested this may now not be the case with the Italian potentially looking to cut his ties with the Lilywhites at the end of the season to return to Italy where his family resides.
But speaking to Football FanCast, insider Dean Jones has suggested a run of good form could potentially see Conte’s mood change over a possible extension in north London:
“If he suddenly turns around results in the next few weeks and suddenly is feeling good again, then there’s every chance we get back to the feeling of a month or so ago when Tottenham were in the process, during the World Cup, of trying to extend his contract.”
Change of heart
It has become pretty apparent over the last couple of weeks that the Italian is becoming increasingly frustrated in his role at Tottenham.
Conte has had a difficult past few months off the field with unexpected losses to close friends and perhaps that is seeping through into his work at Spurs.
The Italian also lives away from his wife and daughter who still reside in Italy which frequently sees Conte jet off back to his homeland to spend time with them.
And when results are going the way they have been in recent months, it is understandable to see why Conte may be questioning his future at Spurs.
However, we do think it is worth mentioning Gary Neville’s comments from Monday night where he suggested Conte should actually be grateful for the opportunity he has at Spurs.
And we think there is some truth in this. The likelihood of any other Premier League side wanting him at the moment feels low and the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona are unlikely to take him off Tottenham’s hands.
Yet there is still this feeling that perhaps Spurs are punching above their weight with him at the helm when in reality he has a real opportunity to make something of this talented Spurs squad.
Spurs shone in the second half of last season and there is no reason that they cannot have a strong end to the current campaign.
The Lilywhites still have the Champions League and FA Cup to play for whilst only sitting three points off the top four spots in the Premier League.
And if Conte can lead Spurs to his second FA Cup, it would be interesting to see whether his reported mood about his future would change.