By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

27th Mar, 2023 | 5:00pm

Sources: Nagelsmann will only take Tottenham job on one condition

Julian Nagelsmann may only take charge at Tottenham if they qualify for next season’s Champions League, sources have told Football Insider.

Spurs confirmed the sacking of Antonio Conte on Sunday (26 March) – with his ex-assistant Christian Stellini and first-team coach Ryan Mason taking charge until the end of the season.

Tottenham chiefs have placed faith in Stellini, believing he is the man to steady the ship and achieve the goal of securing a top-four finish.

Conte managed to achieve that feat in his first season at the club – winning out against competition from rivals and this season’s league leaders Arsenal to seal fourth place late in the 2021-22 campaign.

It is believed playing in Europe’s elite club competition will be key to the Lilywhites luring their top manager targets during the off-season.

Football Insider sources revealed on Friday (24 March) that Nagelsmann, 35, is Tottenham’s first-choice managerial candidate ahead of Mauricio Pochettino.

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That news is believed to be welcomed by Spurs talisman Harry Kane – who could be tempted to stay at the club if the German is appointed.

Nagelsmann was sacked by Bayern Munich on Friday despite losing just 10 of his 84 games in charge of the giants since being appointed in 2021.

The former RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim boss prefers an attacking 4-3-2-1 system but has also had success with a three-man defence – similar to former Spurs boss Conte.

Spurs attempted to appoint Nagelsmann in 2021 following the sacking of Jose Mourinho – but ended up with the short-lived reign of Nuno Espirito Santo.

The Londoners remain in fourth place but have played more games than top-four rivals Newcastle and Liverpool as the Premier League run-in approaches.

In other news, Football Insider updates with Tottenham plotting to sign Premier League “freak”.