Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly “fearful” of manager Antonio Conte quitting if the club fail to back him with transfers.
Serial winner Conte only joined the club last autumn but is growing increasingly frustrated at his side’s lacklustre performances, including a 3-0 Carabao Cup semi-final defeat on aggregate to his former club Chelsea.
The Italian looked a broken man during his press conference and post-match interviews on Wednesday night after the loss.
He sighed, grimaced, shrugged and answered questions bluntly, all of which led Spurs fans to identify warning signs and assume the worst about their highly-rated manager’s future at the club.
And while Tottenham’s players want him to stay, football.london reports they fear that the Italian may leave next month if his expectations are not met in the January transfer window.
Conte gave a cryptic message in his recent interview surrounding Spurs’ activity in the window, stating he “gave his thoughts” on the situation to Spurs bosses but that the club’s transfer policy ultimately lies in the hands of chairman Daniel Levy.
Speaking on potential transfers this month, he said: “I spoke with the club and I gave my thoughts on the situation.
“This is the most important thing. The club then has to decide the best way to go. I don’t have expectations.
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“I’m a coach so I know we have to solve many problems. So for me the best possible way is to get the best out of the players and improve the squad.
“We’ll see what the decision of the club is.”
While Conte’s comments won't have filled supporters with much confidence, football.london report that the club are not worried about his immediate departure.
That comes after a “very honest and positive meeting” which took place on Monday between Conte and members of the Spurs hierarchy, including Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici.
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