Conte painted a bleak picture of how far away Spurs are from the Premier League’s best sides following their Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea, describing them as a ‘middle’ team and warning they need ‘so much time’ to resolve their multitude of issues.
However, Conte only signed an 18-month contract, which included an option to extend and is worth around £13m-per-year, sparking questions about whether he will have long enough to oversee that process.
He insisted: ‘I don’t need a long contract to be sure to work for a club.
‘I’m open to improve the Tottenham situation and I’m available to give my opinion, my vision and it won’t be a problem for me, a short contract.
‘The club has to appreciate my job and then to extend my contract but only if I showed the club to deserve this.
‘I’m not a coach that wants many years of a contract. Also, it’s not fair. Because I know very well I’m a top coach with an important salary for the club.
‘I don’t want to commit clubs for many years because I understand the salary is an important salary for the club and I have to deserve this type of contract.’
Conte also confirmed Son Heung-min is set to be sidelined until next month after suffering a leg injury against Chelsea
He will miss their next five games starting with Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Morecambe but also the second leg against Chelsea and important league games against Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea.