TOTTENHAM’S senior stars have urged the club to back Antonio Conte in the transfer market this summer.
Tottenham stars are desperate for Antonio Conte to continue as managerCredit: Getty
The Italian’s side secured a Champions League spot with Sunday’s 5-0 rout of Norwich at Carrow Road.
Conte, 52, is set for talks with chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici this week — but he has hinted he could still walk if the club do not match his ambition, despite having a year left on his contract.
The ex-Chelsea and Inter Milan boss was backed in January to sign Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski, whose loan is set to be turned permanent for £29.2million.
Centre-back Eric Dier, revitalised by Conte, said: “The club needs to take advantage of this moment, of this team and this manager.
“It’s in the club’s hands now. We’ve done our job and now it’s the club’s job this summer to do the best work they can.
“I’m sure they’ll try to do the best they can for us and the manager to continue to push on and get better and better.
Skipper Hugo Lloris, 35, added: “I believe Conte knows exactly what he wants and needs.
“I believe there is huge confidence. It’s just about making decisions together.
“It is a team win and it’s going to give the club the positivity to prepare for next season.”
Conte would like a new left-sided centre-back as well as a new goalkeeper with Southampton’s out-of-contract stopper Fraser Forster likely to join.
Wing-back competition could be targeted, as well as a new centre-mid with Leicester’s Youri Tielemans also under consideration.
Fringe players such as Harry Winks and Joe Rodon could leave.
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