Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte and star Harry Kane appear to be staying at Spurs for the long haul.
That’s what the Italian boss’ comments after his side’s game against AS Roma suggest, despite the pair nearing the end of their contract.
There had been speculation the Premier League-winning manager would not stay at the club for long amid fears Conte was fed up with chairman Daniel Levy’s reluctance to spend in the transfer window.
But those worries were all but dashed following Tottenham’s spending over the summer and his comments during his pre-season tour of South Korea, Glasgow and Israel.
They ended their friendlies with a 1-0 loss to Roma on Saturday. However, the summer break has been positive for Conte’s side as they landed six of his transfer targets.
The Italian boss still has one year left on his contract with the option of extending for another.
But, although a new deal is yet to be offered, Conte said he was “happy” to focus on what he was building instead.
“I have to be honest. In my career, the contract has never been important. I didn’t need to sign contracts for one, two or three years. For the club, it could also be a burden”, did he declare.
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“I’m happy, I’m happy. We work very well together. It’s not that one year of contract more or less can change the situation.
What will relieve Spurs fans the most is that Conte stressed that he enjoys working with Levy and Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici.
He continued: “For sure we want to keep improving, building something important for this club.
“If the idea continues like this, there will be no problem to continue my life at 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 already hinted at a long-term stay at Tottenham on Friday.
Conte went on to discuss the contracts of his players, including left-back Ben Davies and Harry Kane.
Davies had his contract renewed at the end of last month, signing 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 exceptional way and he’s a really good guy,” Conte said.
“He’s always positive and having a player like him in your starting XI or on the bench at this level I think is important.”
Meanwhile, England talisman and captain Harry Kane – who was wanted by Manchester City last summer – has yet to be offered a new contract.
But despite Kane having just two years left on his contract, Conte seemed confident the Spurs star will stay at Spurs with him, despite interest from Bayern Munich and Chelsea this summer.
After discussing Davies, Conte continued: “So the club will definitely want to try to renew the contract of their best players.
“You know very well that Harry is an important player for us, 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 achieve something important we have to fight every game and tonight they showed that yes we played football but the opponent has won.”
Tottenham take on Southampton on the 2022/23 Opening Day on Saturday and you can listen to it live on talkSPORT 2 at 3pm.