Antonio Conte has said the World Cup break will allow Tottenham to carry out a mid-season review which could influence the club’s transfer policy in January.
At least 11 of Conte’s players are due to leave for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after Saturday’s Premier League game against Leeds United, Spurs’ last game until Boxing Day.
Conte welcomes the opportunity to sit down with the Tottenham hierarchy to discuss his performance so far this season and where his squad can be strengthened.
“Honestly, until now we weren’t talking,” he said. “But, of course, after the first part of the season, it’s right to have a meeting with the club to discuss the positives and negatives and ways to improve. Then we’ll see what we can do.
“It always depends on the possibilities, on the club, also on the ambition. But, of course, we are talking. It is important to have a good assessment of the first part of the season.
“I saw a lot of positive things but injuries, and to play every three days we struggled a lot. In the future, we have to try to improve and be better to deal with this type of situation. .
“We have to talk to the club and make the best decision. It’s not easy because other teams are trying to improve. Whenever we talk, we always talk together. It’s always good conversations.
“The goal is one, to improve, on and off the pitch, and then find the best solution at every moment. So far, we have only worked with this goal to improve and find a good way to move this club forward.”
Conte was appointed as Tottenham head coach on an 18-month deal in November 2021 and his current contract is due to expire at the end of the season.
Asked if the World Cup break would allow for talks over a new contract, Conte added: “For every coach, when you start a journey with a new club, your dream and your hope are to stay a long time, to have the opportunity to work a lot and improve your team with the club and your players.
“The relationship you create with your players and the club, the environment around you is very important, as is ambition. If you are used to fighting to win in your [playing] career, it is very important to match all this. If you are lucky enough to encounter all these situations, it is easier for a coach to stay for a long time.
“But in modern football it is not easy to have a long period as a manager. Often it is the club that makes the decision to dismiss you after bad results. In our work, we are daily in danger about it.
“Sometimes you are lucky to have a good result and to find a club that matches your ambitions, your desires, your desire to progress together and grow. When that happens, you are lucky. Every manager dreams of these situations. In reality, unfortunately, it’s not always that.”