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Antonio Conte admits ‘strange’ transfer window and bemoans ‘past mistakes’ in the transfer market

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Antonio Conte has said it was ‘strange’ for his Tottenham team to loan out four players during the January transfer window and bemoaned ‘past mistakes’ at the club, writes the TalkSport.

Conte had an active first window as Spurs coach, which began with disappointment but ultimately ended with two new arrivals.

Juventus pair Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski signed on deadline day after the club were beaten to wingers Adama Traore and Luis Diaz by Barcelona and Liverpool, respectively.

Conte’s squad was also trimmed by the loan departures of record signing Tanguy Ndombele to Lyon, while Bryan Gil and Giovanni Lo Celso headed to LaLiga, Jack Clarke to League One side Sunderland, and Dele Alli joined Everton on a free transfer.

The Italian admitted the number of departures were ‘strange’ and urged the club not to repeat past mistakes.

“For the players who went out on loan it was right,” Conte said. “For sure it was strange to send out on loan four players and one transfer in January, it showed something went wrong in the past.

“Maybe there were some mistakes in the past. You have to buy players to reinforce your team but if you send away players that you bought in the last two or three years it means you did something wrong in the past.

“I have my vision and I am here to help the club. In the past I have built good structure and teams that have lasted time, even without me.

“We need to build structure. We need to make sure we don’t repeat mistakes in the future, we have to reduce the mistakes.”

As an indictment of recent business by the north London club, £55million record signing Ndombele has headed back to France after just 63 league appearances in three seasons.

The club are also on their third manager since the 2019 departure of long-serving coach Mauricio Pochettino, having seen Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo’s stints in the dugout ended early.

Conte, though, did sound optimistic about his squad ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash with Brighton, despite some questioning his future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

“I think [the squad is] more complete,” the Premier League and Serie A winner said.

“Now it’s more complete and we tried to fill the right roles with a central midfielder, and Kulusevski. He can play as a number 10 or as a wing-back. We need to not make big mistakes in the transfer market.”