Antonio Conte has discussed his contract situation at Tottenham with the Italian yet to agree a new deal in north London.
Conte’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the season and there has been little public progress on an extension. The 53-year-old celebrated 12 months in charge at Spurs earlier this month and led the club to Champions League qualification last season.
Spurs are in the top four of the Premier League at present and have secured progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League, where the club will face AC Milan in the last 16.
Ahead of this weekend’s clash with Leeds, Conte was asked if there had been developments on a new deal. Conte said it is important to ‘deserve’ a new deal as he looks to bring success to Spurs, but hinted at a desire to stay and ‘try to build something important.’
“You know very well that my contract expires in June,” he told his pre-match press conference.
“Until that moment, the club has to make the best evaluation.
“I think that like anything, you need to deserve and it will be important to see the rest of the season and if we are happy with the improvement we are doing.
“From my side, it’s important to feel that I deserve a new contract, to sign a new contract with this club. I have to feel this.
“I think when you start a path with a club, the dream is to stay here for many years and try to build something important.
“I think it’s very important to have the relationship you create with the players, the club and the environment around you. Don’t forget the ambition.
“If you’re used to winning, it’s important to match all these situations. If you’re lucky to match all these situations it’s easy for a coach but in modern football it’s different.”