TOTTENHAM are reportedly one of three Premier League clubs keeping tabs on Rennes manager Bruno Genesio amid fears Antonio Conte may leave the club.
The 52-year-old took over at Spurs in November but the Italian’s reign in North London has been tumultuous thus far.
Tottenham are one of three Prem clubs said to be keeping tabs on Rennes boss GenesioCredit: Getty
Spurs see Genesio as the ideal candidate to replace Conte if he decides to leave North LondonCredit: Getty
Conte threatened to leave Tottenham just four months into his reign following the club’s shock loss to Burnley in February.
The Lilywhites fear that the former Chelsea manager could be swayed by a move elsewhere unless the club’s fortunes improve.
And Spurs are said to pre-empting a sudden exit by Conte by lining up Rennes tactician Genesio as his potential replacement, according to French publication RMC Sport.
Genesio’s been a revelation at the Ligue 1 side since taking over last year.
The Ligue 1 also-rans have stormed into third spot in the table this season under the 55-year-old’s tutelage – up from sixth place last season.
There’s also a strong possibility that Rennes may pip Marseille to second spot as they sit just one point behind their French counterparts with just nine games to go.
Rennes have done it in style too, winning 16 out of 29 league games and scoring 63 goals thus far – which is a record not even PSG’s wide array of stars – or any other club in the division have been able to match.
Although they couldn’t find the goals to get past Leicester City in the European Conference League last 16 stage.
Genesio’s attacking style of play would be welcomed by Spurs’ faithful – but they aren’t the only Prem side interested in the ex-Lyon manager.
Wolves and Everton are also monitoring Genesio’s situation at Rennes, along with La Liga sides Valencia and Real Sociedad, plus Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Hilal, RMC state.
However, Spurs and all other interested parties will unlikely be able to prise Genesio away from Rennes this summer as his contract with them expires at the end of the 2023 season.
And following his success Roazhon Park, Rennes’ bigwigs are said to be in talks to extend Genesio’s contract.
Speaking of Genesio’s importance to the club a few weeks ago, Rennes’ sporting director Florian Maurice said: “He has been in technical staff for more than 20 years.
“He rubbed shoulders with a large number of coaches with whom he drew experiences, ideas in training and group management. He does not surprise me and I am very happy with what he is doing today.
“He has managed to put in place a real quality of play little by little with different players. There were recruits this summer. It is not easy to put the things in place but he knows how to do it perfectly.”