It is a public response to Conte’s now-familiar grumblings about the need for the club to prove they share his unquenchable desire to fight for trophies if they want him to stick around and continue the impressive work he started in November.
‘We need to improve a lot,’ said the Italian, after a 5-0 win at Norwich on Sunday clinched a return to the Champions League for Spurs after two years out. ‘Next season the league will be very difficult for all the teams.’
Antonio Conte received a boost in the shape of a new £150million investment at Tottenham
Tottenham secured fourth in the Premier League table and are hoping their manager stays
He considers Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United far stronger and expects the introduction of five substitutions in the Premier League from the start of next season to tip the balance further towards these super-squads.
‘With five subs you can change a game,’ said Conte. ‘If the bench is strong like a top team, like City, Chelsea, United and Liverpool, you need to improve your squad a lot in quality aspect and numerical aspect.’
This ENIC investment was not dependent upon qualification for the Champions League, according to Spurs. They insist it was in the pipeline as the next stage of investment in the team and the staff.
The fabulous new stadium, a palace for corporate sports audiences, is full again and the tills are ringing after the setbacks of the global pandemic — which was blamed for the pre-tax losses of £80.2m recorded for the financial year ending June 2021, increasing total debts to £706m.
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THE MONEY-SPINNING STADIUM:
NFL: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was specially designed to host NFL games and four have been played there so far, with two more scheduled for later this year.
Boxing: Anthony Joshua faced Oleksandr Usyk there last September, but the Brit lost his world heavyweight title after his defeat by unanimous decision.
Rugby: In rugby union, Saracens beat Bristol Bears in a Premiership clash in April. Rugby league’s Challenge Cup final will be held at the stadium this Saturday.
Music: Guns N’ Roses and Lady Gaga will stop at the north London venue on their world tours this summer.
Chairman Daniel Levy has his income streams flowing freely and, of course, the windfall from the Champions League will help.
As Levy said in the statement issued on Tuesday: ‘The delivery of a world-class home was always a key building block in driving diversified revenues to enable us to invest in the teams and support our ambitions to be consistently competing at the highest levels of European football.
‘Additional capital from ENIC will now enable further investment in the club at an important time.’
True, the timing is important. Not least because they must prove to Conte they are serious about progress. He will not extend his contract beyond the end of next season if he doubts Levy’s ambition to match the facilities with a team and has taken a few days off to clear his mind before they meet to talk.
He has even allowed doubts to form about his return for pre-season if Spurs do not make the signings he wants.
It is a tactic he regularly plays to put pressure on the money-men as the transfer market opens and he is not averse to quitting if it does not feel right, as he did in Italy at Inter Milan.
There is no obvious place for him to flounce to because if Paris Saint-Germain are hell-bent on winning the Champions League, their first choice will not be someone with little pedigree in the competition when Zinedine Zidane, three times a winner as Real Madrid boss, is out of work.
Chairman Daniel Levy said the cash boost came at an ‘important time’ for the club
Levy, nevertheless, must listen to Conte, who knows how to build a team and instil it with the personality r…