Antonio Conte has decided not to renew his current Tottenham contract in news that will come as a crushing blow to the club, according to Italian journalist Paolo Bargiggia.
Conte only joined Spurs last November after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked, signing an 18-month contract at the time that will see him through until the end of the current campaign.
There is also an option to extend that contract by a further year, but nothing has been agreed yet.
The Italian helped Tottenham qualify for the Champions League last season after a strong end to the season.
And the current campaign has started well, with Spurs currently third in the table in 14 points. They did, however, suffer their first loss of the season at Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Two late goals saw Conte’s men go down in Portugal, a result which left Conte bemused. The result leaves Spurs second in the group behind Sporting after two games.
The focus now turns back to domestic action as Tottenham host Leicester on Saturday evening.
Potential Juve return an ominous sign
However, Italian journalist Bargiggia has sparked concerns over Conte‘s future at the club with his latest comments.
Bargiggia took to Twitter to claim that 53-year-old Conte ‘is not renewing’ with Tottenham. And that is because he is holding out for a return to Juventus.
Bargiggia explains that if Juve resist the temptation to sack Massimiliano Allegri until the end of this season, they can then ‘go straight to Conte’, who ‘can’t wait to return’ to the Serie A side.
The former Italy boss was in charge in Turin between 2011 and 2014. During that period Juve won three consecutive league titles.
However, they are currently struggling under Allegri this season. Indeed, Juventus have won only two of their opening six Serie A games, while they’ve also suffered two Champions League losses.
The news is sure to come as a concern to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. He could now look to enter into fresh contract talks with Conte earlier than expected.
Tottenham cannot afford to lose Conte
Levy has to act quickly if these latest rumours are to be believed.
For Juventus to even be considering toying with the idea of sacking Allegri this early in the season comes as somewhat of a surprise.
However, the mere mention of it, added to a potential return to Turin for Conte, will likely send shockwaves across north London.
Conte is starting to build his own team at Tottenham, having been allowed to make several additions this summer.
Several of the club’s expensive flops have been moved on, either permanently or temporarily. And, after a full pre-season of working with his players, there are signs of Conte transforming Spurs from also-rans into actual contenders.
They are unbeaten in the league, with four wins and two draws. But there is a strong argument they’ve not really hit their stride yet.
Conte striking the right balance
The game against Fulham at home was arguably their best performance of the campaign so far. It was front-foot football that put the opposition under extreme pressure. And, on another day, they could easily have scored five or six goals rather than the two they actually got.
Defensively, they are also looking much more assured, with only five goals conceded in six games.
However, there are still areas of the team that need improving – namely in midfield. That is where a lack of creativity can sometimes hold Tottenham back.
Conte also has to find a way to get Son Heung-min firing again after a tough start to the season.
But with work still to do, in the hunt for a first trophy since 2008, the last thing Tottenham need is concerns that Conte could walk away at the drop of a hat and head back to Italy.
To that end, it’s up to Levy and sporting director Fabio Paratici to convince Conte to sign that new contract – and quickly.
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