By Noel Whelan

25th May, 2022 | 8:30pm

Antonio Conte will sign 'long-term' Tottenham contract on one condition - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Antonio Conte will only sign a new contract at Tottenham if he is given the resources to pull closer to Liverpool and Man City.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 52-year-old has put Spurs back on the map for the “top class of player” following their top-four finish.

Conte is contracted until June 2023, but hinted earlier this year (11 March) that he would be willing to extend his stay if the club showed “good vision”.

Tottenham completed a stunning fightback in the final games of the season to gazump rivals Arsenal and claim Champions League qualification ahead of rivals Arsenal.

Conte brought impressive duo Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur to the London side from former club Juventus in January.

Whelan insisted the Italian must now be given the opportunity to bring in more players in order to challenge England’s top two sides.

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“He’ll now be wanting to see a lot more commitment from the club and the board,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He’s got them back into a position where the top class of player is available to them again – and he’ll be wanting to see the board’s ambition before committing himself.

“They’ve got to put their hands in their pockets.

“He’s too experienced to be suckered into signing a new, long-term contract without getting some promises.

“He’ll be sitting down with the board for talks, but he will know what he wants.

They’ve got to give him the resources to try and get closer to the top two – that’s the only way he will stay.”

In other news, Tottenham have been told to seal a deal for Eric Dier ally after Conte wish list reported.