Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has hinted that he may spend a long time in charge of Tottenham as he spoke to the media ahead of the Lilywhites’ final pre-season friendly against Serie A side Roma, which will pit Spurs against former boss Jose Mourinho.
Conte joined the club in November, and reversed some poor form to land them a spot in the top 4 and Champions League football, but consistently hinted that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season. However, he opted to stay, and has added six signings to his Spurs squad this summer as he looks to push on and challenge for major honours this season.
And, speaking to the media, the Italian explained that he could see himself at Tottenham for many years to come.
‘This is a young team and we can work for many years together to improve and fight with the best teams in England and in Europe’, he explained.
‘Our project, our plan is to try to become competitive, more than in the past, but you know very well that in football you build something important in one day, one month, one year you have to go step by step and try to increase the quality, increase the number of players in your squad’, the Spurs boss added.
Will Conte stay?
It is impossible to predict what Antonio Conte will do, but the enigmatic Italian tends to fall out with those above him over issues such as player recruitment or if he feels that promises have been broken.
The Italian has never stayed at a club for more than three seasons in his managerial career (he managed Juventus from 2011-12 until the end of 2013-14), but left the Turin side over disagreements over player signings.
The same can be said for Chelsea, where he felt he needed more investment, while at Inter Milan the sales of Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku left him feeling compelled to resign.
Should Tottenham be able to buck the trend and keep up with his transfer demands, the Italian could well stay for years to come, but the evidence suggests that this is very difficult to achieve.