Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says January transfer window alone will not turn Spurs into challengers | Football News

Antonio Conte has warned it will take longer than the January transfer window to transform his team into the Premier League’s top four challengers.

Conte is scheduled to meet with president Daniel Levy and football chief executive Fabio Paratici to discuss plans for January, after making the first assessments on his team.

The Italian clearly expressed the need for extra quality despite bringing an underperforming team into the race in the top four.

Conte says there is no quick fix that will see the club gain ground over Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

“If we think about this, football is not like that and right now there are important teams that are seeing those important points this season,” he said.

“As I told you before, to get a seat in the Champions League means that someone has to fail and it has to be a big failure for there to be a free seat in the Champions League.

“Otherwise I think there are four great, great teams right now and then there are other teams looking to build with major investments this year to bridge that gap.

But it’s not just a market or if you invest money and get a pass this way. Football is complicated. It’s not just money, you have to build something big over the years.

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Tottenham forward Lucas Moura says a top four finish is a realistic goal for the team this season.

“I’m here to do it, but I know it will be very difficult. Everyone keeps asking to enter the Champions League, but I want to be very honest with everyone and tell them that we have an important job to do and that we need time and patience.”

The window is now open but Conte has yet to discuss the finer details of what could happen in January, having taken more time to consider which players he intends to use.

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“Now I’m sure after doing my assessment after two months,” he said. “I asked the company for time to make the right assessment.

“Because we had a meeting a month later when I was in office. It was not the right time. I was not (able) to give information or make a right assessment after only one month.

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Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has asked for “patience and time” as he tries to improve the quality of his team.

“I asked to have another meeting to be 100% sure and to make my assessment of the whole situation and now I am ready for this and I am waiting for the meeting with the company to talk about it.

“The meeting can tell you everything but it can also say nothing.”

“I think it is better for me and the club to talk together and then we will have the situation clearer than now. Talking about a player who can come or go is not fair now, it is not honest.”

Conte hesitates about Ndombele but says Winks “will stay”

Tanguy Ndombele
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Antonio Conte was unconvincing when asked about Tanguy Ndombele’s future at Spurs

Conte put aside questions about Tanguy Ndombele’s future at Tottenham, but added that Harry Winks will not leave in the January transfer window.

Ndombele has only started one of Spurs ‘last eight Premier League games, while Winks’ playing time has increased in recent weeks.

Conte said he will “definitely” look to strengthen his team in January, but when asked what role Ndombele would have in his team, the Spurs coach simply replied: “He’s a midfielder.

Pressed further, Conte said: “I pay the same attention in every single session to all the players. My concentration is not only on 12, 13, 14 players, but on the whole squad. There are players who understand very well, others they need more time or it may be difficult for others to understand. “

Harry Winks made a decisive contribution in midfield
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Antonio Conte states that Harry Winks has proven to be reliable

On the prospect of Ndombele’s exit, he added: “I think it is better for me and the club to talk together and then we will have the situation clearer than now. To talk about a player who can come or go, now is not fair. , it’s not honest. “

Conversely, Conte praised Winks, who has started three of his last six Premier League games after playing just 61 minutes in his first 11 league games.

“Winksy has proven to be a reliable player,” said Conte. “Winks will stay here. Winksy has shown that I can count on him.”

Hugo Lloris is approaching the decade with Tottenham, having joined the club from Lyon in August 2012
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Hugo Lloris is approaching the decade with Tottenham, having joined the club from Lyon in August 2012

Conte is also confident that Hugo Lloris will sign a new contract with the club, despite the captain being free to speak with overseas clubs in January as his current contract expires at the end of the season.

“Hugo is a Tottenham player, the captain,” Conte said. “He will certainly speak with the company to try and find a solution.

“I think he wants to stay. He loves this club. That could be his opinion.”

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