Tottenham have completed an agreement to make Antonio Conte their new head coach, with the Italian expected to lead training on Tuesday afternoon.
The Spurs parted ways with Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday in the wake of their 3-0 loss to Manchester United, after which the focus was immediately on Conte, who had withdrawn from talks with the club during the summer.
But this time there has been no such hesitation and sources have confirmed for 90 minutes that a total agreement has been reached with Conte, who will sign an 18-month contract at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday.
The manager has been deployed to face his team later in the day, with players already informed to expect Conte’s arrival.
As revealed by 90min, the 18-month contract also includes a number of options and breach clauses, with Conte keen to protect himself if he believes Spurs will betray his promises to him – as he did with Inter during the summer.
Spurs have agreed to Conte’s terms in the hope that the Italian will sign a new contract at the end of the season, provided he can guide the club back to the top four or at least make a noticeable improvement on the pitch.
During his first meeting with Spurs this summer, Conte made it clear that he would be interested in working at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but only if those in charge were 100% supportive of him and his methods.
Why these negotiations eventually broke down is still unclear, but whatever problem arose has not emerged this time and Conte, who is already in England, is ready to put pen to paper on a contract.
Conte’s first match will be on Thursday, when Spurs host Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League.