Tottenham in talks with Antonio Conte over new long-term contract despite boss refusing to commit future to club | The Sun

TOTTENHAM have entered contract talks with boss Antonio Conte over a new long-term deal despite the Italian publicly refusing to commit his future to the club.

The Italian helped guide Spurs back into the top four last season but his deal at the North London club expires at the end of the season.

However, there is an option to extend by a further year.

Despite shaky form in recent weeks, Tottenham sit third in the Premier League after 13 games played.

They're five points off table-toppers Arsenal and according to The Athletic, Spurs' chiefs would like to reward Conte for the team's form.

New terms would see Conte earn a raise on his already £13million-a-year contract.

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Conte has previously been quick to dismiss talk of a new contract, insisting he doesn't need a new deal to stay at the club.

As reported by SunSport, he said: "There doesn’t exist a right time. It could be tomorrow. It could be the last day of the season.

“The most important thing for me and the club is to understand we want to continue together, to go in the same direction.

“This is the most important thing. Otherwise I don’t see a problem.

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“I don’t see another situation. I said in the past, I didn’t need another contract to be sure to stay in a club.

“Also, for the club, it’s a good investment to have a coach like me and my staff. At the right time I’ll take the best decision.

“At this moment, I’m really happy. I don’t want to push the club about the situation because it’s not the right time.

“We’ve just started the season and have a long time to live together.”

Conte was linked with a return to former club Juventus, where he enjoyed great success winning a total of eight league titles as a player and manager.

But the 53-year-old branded links "disrespectful" to Juve's under fire manager Massimiliano Allegri, himself and Spurs.

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