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Tue 25 October 2022 | 17:02

Conte shuts down long-term rumors amid the Spurs contract expiration

The Italian's contract with the Spurs is due to expire this summer as many rumors linked him to leave the Premier League club. However, Conte claims his concentration remains on their upcoming Champions League clash.

Premier League defeats to Manchester United and Newcastle United knocked the Spurs out of their winning run.

However, amid his contract expiration this summer, Antonio Conte insists his concentration remains on his side's European clash against Sporting CP.

Asked about being prepared to stay, Conte told his press conference:

 "This is a topic we will go to face at the club at the right moment.

"I think in this moment we have to be concentrated and focused on the present and to try to do our best.

"This season will be much more difficult than last season, because after the transfer market you have seen that many, many teams have improved a lot. You have to face a lot of big, big teams.

"For sure, it will be the time to speak to the club, at the right time, to understand what is the best solution for us."

Being asked if the Spurs remain in transition, Conte said:

"Since November now and after one year I understand a lot of things that at the first moment for me were really difficult to understand.

"Now I am going into the Tottenham world, and I'm understanding well what is our situation, what is our position, and what is our starting point. How long is the path to be competitive and to fight for something important.

"Now, for sure, my knowledge about Tottenham, I have more, it is more complete, and for this reason I would be prepared at the moment that we are going to speak with the club to understand what is best for the future.

"But for now we have to focus on the present because we want to do our best in the present. My desire, my will, is with my players to do my best. We have to do everything to give satisfaction to our fans. This must be the best aspiration for everybody, then for the other situation we'll see at the right moment."

It is important for everybody. It is important for the club, for the fans, for everybody. We are talking about a big, big competition,"

he said.

"The most important [competition] in Europe and for this reason everybody has great desire, great will to go into the next round and especially because we want to show we deserve it."

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