Antonio Conte is Tottenham’s first choice as new manager after surveying ex-Chelsea boss BEFORE Nuno was sacked

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ANTONIO CONTE is the main choice to become Tottenham’s new manager – but there is still work to be done to convince him that this is the right job for him.

Spurs contacted the former Chelsea boss on Sunday to see if he would be interested in the job now after rejecting their advances last summer.

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Ex-Inter Milan and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could succeed Nuno Espirito Santo in north LondonCredit: Reuters

The 52-year-old has reportedly indicated he would be keen on relocating to north London, but although negotiations have gone well so far, he still wants assurances before fully committing.

Tottenham’s quest for a replacement is being led by director of football Fabio Paritici, who worked closely with Conte during his tenure as head of Juventus.

Paritici have worked hard to sell the club’s vision to the Italian, and their good working relationship from the past has been very important in selling Spurs to the boss.

There had been some thoughts on a short 18-month contract until the end of next season.

Although the Sky Italy expert Conte, who has told broadcasters he wishes to intend to return to training, is believed to be looking for something longer term.

But given his winning stock is so high after his success at Inter Milan last season, he also needs to know that he will be supported to make any changes to the squad he sees fit to rejuvenate the club.

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It would require a commitment from President Daniel Levy to support the manager in his transfer plans, alongside Paritici.

And that would also see Levy having to take a more step back in terms of management on the football side, with Conte a manager who likes to be in full control and makes high demands on a club.

This is one of the reasons Manchester United have refrained from trying to tempt him at Old Trafford with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s own job threatened.

With nothing but full support on United’s board, Conte is aware the job may not come to him, which is why the Spurs move could be a good fit for all parties.

Talks have gone at a good pace, with the London club growing more confident they can close the deal this time around after failing this summer.

But there are still some hurdles to overcome before an offer is ratified.

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