Fabiana Della Valle has dropped an update on the future of Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte.
Speaking on a recent episode of the TuttoJuve Podcast (via Football365), the Italian journalist revealed that, following Tancredi Palmeri’s recent claim that Juventus have already made contact with the 52-year-old regarding a return to the Allianz Stadium, the Spurs manager would be open to a move back to the Serie A side should the opportunity arise.
Regarding the Bianconeri’s interest in Conte, Della Valle said: “On Monday, [Andrea] Agnelli renewed his confidence in [Massimiliano] Allegri, nothing has changed to date.
“I think it will go on like this until November when there will be a break for the World Cup. Then it will be possible to make an initial assessment because you will have the verdict with respect to whether or not to remain in the Champions League. The championship, on the other hand, is long and in any case, there would be time to recover points.
“The directors meeting is not linked to the coach, I do not expect anything about this aspect, however, Conte wants to return to Juventus. The relationship with Agnelli has improved, but I don’t know at what point [John] Elkann wants his return.”
Meanwhile, with Conte’s current contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium set to expire next summer – albeit with the club holding the option of extending his deal for a further year – Tuttosport report that Daniel Levy has given the 52-year-old until January to decide whether or not he will pen a new contract with the Premier League side.
Considering the quite remarkable job Conte has done over his ten months in north London so far, should the Italian ultimately decide that he would rather secure a move back to Juventus than continue his project at Spurs, it would undoubtedly represent a disaster for Levy.
Indeed, following his appointment as Nuno Espirito Santo’s successor back in November of last year, Conte oversaw a dramatic turnaround in Tottenham’s Premier League form, taking the club from ninth at the time of his arrival to fourth by the end of the season – winning 17, drawing five and losing six of his 28 league fixtures in 2021/22, picking up an extremely impressive average of two points per game.
This incredible form has continued into the current campaign, in which Spurs remain undefeated, having won five and drawn two of their opening seven top-flight fixtures in 2022/23 – scoring 18 goals and conceding just seven – results that have left the Lilywhites sitting third in the Premier League standings, one point behind Arsenal and level with Manchester City.
However, while it is clear that Conte’s potential return to Juventus would see Tottenham lose the services of an extremely talented manager, another way in which the 52-year-old’s departure would damage the club is in their planning for the future, with both sporting director Fabio Paratici and chairman Levy having already invested a significant amount of money in building a squad fit for the Italian’s particular needs.
Indeed, the January additions of both Rodrigo Bentancur (£21.5m) and Dejan Kulusevski (£37.5m) were both undoubtedly signings made for Conte, while the arrivals of Ivan Perisic (free), Richarlison (£60m), Destiny Udogie (£15m) and Clement Lenglet (loan) this summer are also quite clearly signings made with the manager’s formation and brand of football very much in mind.
As such, should Conte go on to leave Tottenham this January – or perhaps even before – not only would his departure likely derail any title hopes the club may have this season, but it would also see the money invested in the Italian over the past ten months wasted if Paratici and Levy cannot find a replacement who operates with a similar setup to the 52-year-old.
Either way, the loss of a coach who has brought so much excitement about the future in north London in such a short space of time would most certainly be a disaster for Levy, Paratici and supporters alike.