Antonio Conte has dropped a major hint that he is far from happy at Tottenham’s January transfer business after making a sly dig at chairman Daniel Levy’s vision for the club, informs the TeamTalk.
Spurs have endured a troublesome time on and off the pitch following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino in 2019. Not only have they expended two managers, but their situation shows no real signs of improvement.
Conte, who has succeeded Nuno Espirito Santo and Jose Mourinho, has made no secret of the gap between Tottenham and the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
As things stand, they currently sit eighth in the table, seven points adrift of Manchester United in fourth, but with three games in hand.
Qualifying for the Champions League will be the least Conte expects to achieve at Spurs. And the Italian has done little in the past to suggest he could spend a long time in charge of the North Londonders.
Indeed, Conte is often regarded as a manager who doesn’t hang around at clubs for long. Liking quick spends, he is seen as a quick-impact coach if given the funds to spend.
The Italian took major steps in reshaping his squad in January, that said. And while leaving it late, the club added Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski – both from Juventus.
That said, four first-team stars also departed, leaving Spurs arguably weaker than now than before the window opened.
Those concerns have come to the forefront in the wake of three successive Premier League defeats.
And the Spurs boss has now aired his grievances in an alarming interview with the Italian media.
“When you take the job in a team that hasn’t won for a long time it is inevitable that you will lack confidence,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“I glimpsed situations that could have developed, then when you enter the situation you understand that something anyway … What happened in January is not easy.
“Four players left in January. Four important players for Tottenham, two have arrived. So even numerically instead of strengthening you you may have, on paper, weakened.
“Bentancur and Kulusevski are the ideal prospect for Tottenham. Because Tottenham is looking for young players, players to be developed, not ready players. This is the speech.”
Conte went on to explain how he fears Tottenham’s chances of closing the gap on the top four.
And while saying he was aware of Tottenham’s plans before he took charge, it all makes for alarming reading.
“Eh but here was the link. The vision, the philosophy of the club is this,” Conte added.
“It is inevitable that if you want to grow faster and if you want to be competitive faster you need players with a lot of experience because then they lead to increase the experience also in your team.
“But then again, the vision of the club I understand is this.”
Tottenham face a tough task in preventingh a fourth successive loss with a tough trip to face Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday.