Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is set to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by Fabio Santini, with the Italian journalist stating in a recent interview with CMIT TV (via Sport Witness) that the 52-year-old will not remain in north London for the 2022/23 campaign, as he is currently in negotiations to become Mauricio Pochettino’s successor at Paris Saint-Germain.
Speaking about the future of Conte, Santini said: “He does not stay in London. I know thanks to a source very close to him. And at the moment there is a negotiation with the Parisians.”
Conte is not a manager who’s known for his longevity in a position, having failed to spend longer than two years in charge of any team he has coached. However, should the 52-year-old indeed depart Spurs after just seven months at the club, it would undoubtedly be something of a disaster for Daniel Levy, Fabio Paratici and Tottenham supporters alike.
Results have been somewhat unpredictable since the Italian’s appointment in November, with Spurs crashing out of the Europa Conference League in the group stage after losing 2-1 to NS Mura, exiting the FA Cup after losing 1-0 to Middlesbrough and being defeated 3-0 on aggregate in the Carabao Cup semi-final by Chelsea. However, the 52-year-old has managed to get Tottenham back on track in the league.
Over his 20 Premier League fixtures in charge of this season, Spurs’ record stands at 12 wins, three draws and five losses. That form has seen the north London side climb to fourth in the top-flight standings, an impressive feat considering their ninth-place standing at the time of the 52-year-old’s arrival.
Furthermore, with Paratici having landed both Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur in January – two players who are very much Conte-type signings, committing around £59m of Tottenham’s transfer budget to do so – it is clear to see that the club have already backed the Italian in the transfer market. That would make his potential departure this summer all the more painful.
As such, while Santini’s claim is far from concrete, the suggestion that Conte could be on the move once again this summer is nevertheless bad news for everyone involved with Spurs, as the Italian’s departure would very much take the club back to square one in their bid to beginning challenging towards the top of the Premier League table.