Antonio Conte believes Tottenham’s qualification for the Champions League would allow the club to make ‘good decisions for me’.
Purs are in a race with fierce rivals Arsenal and Manchester United to finish in the top four in the final two months of the season.
They can climb above Arsenal and move up to fourth if they beat Newcastle by two goals on Sunday ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Conte has always been coy about his long-term future but qualifying for the Champions League looks to be a key achievement to keep him happy.
He believes the club would be able to make decisions that could help them face the top four on a regular basis.
“Every single player understands that we are on the right track to become a strong team and ready to fight for an important goal,” he said. “This is very important.
“Now we have nine games and we have to be focused. Players need to be focused to give their maximum.
“Finishing in the Champions League would be a great achievement for everyone and would allow us to make different and good decisions for me. That will definitely be very important.”
One of those key issues could concern the future of Harry Kane who, after trying to leave last summer, will likely not be interested in staying another season in the Europa League Conference or worse.
With a World Cup coming up in the winter, Kane wants to be on top form when it comes to the tournament where he hopes to lead his country to glory.
His future will certainly be a topic for speculation in the summer but much like Conte, Champions League football could go a long way in making him happy.
When asked if it would be better for Kane to stay with Spurs ahead of the World Cup, Conte said: “I think my answer is not useful! You’re talking about a player that every coach would want on their own team.
“You know there is a great connection to Harry. He’s a real world-class striker and one of the most important players in the world.
“Sure, yes, if I have to choose him. It would be very important to have a good season finale.”
Conte says the top four is just a possibility because Manchester United are having a poor season despite heavy investments in the summer.
With a new manager arriving in the summer and likely to have to spend more money, Conte says Spurs need to be able to challenge with a ‘monster’.
“Every single team will try to be stronger next season. We talk about Newcastle beforehand and also about Aston Villa. Everton want to try and play another (different) season.
“With United we’re definitely talking about one of the best clubs in England. Next season they (will) try to be stronger but don’t forget that United spent a lot of money this season to buy (Raphael) Varane, (Jadon) Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and also this season they tried to strengthen the team.
“We’re talking about a top club, a club that might be on par with Real Madrid, about marketing.
“We are talking about a monster in football and that is why Manchester United cannot accept such a situation.
“Sure they want to try to improve next season but we have to think of ourselves to try to improve our situation and be ready to fight with this monster.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/antonio-conte-hopes-champions-league-place-can-help-spurs-make-good-decisions-41512659.html Antonio Conte hopes Champions League spot can help Spurs make ‘good decisions’