Antonio Conte has stopped making any guarantees about his future at Tottenham Hotspur, twice refusing to confirm he will be at the club after the next two transfer periods.
Conte has made it clear that he wants to upgrade his squad in the January transfer window and called on the club to build a squad that matches the quality of their infrastructure.
The Italian met Chairman Daniel Levy and Managing Director of Football Fabio Paratici earlier this week, with the trio agreeing to prioritize the signings of right-back (Wolves star Adama Traore is the number one target), midfielder and striker.
In his press conference on Friday, Conte was asked twice if he could guarantee he could remain at the club at the end of this transfer window and the summer window, no matter what happens in the transfer market.
He declined to make those affirmations on both occasions, saying instead that he focuses entirely on the “present” rather than the “future”. Conte went on to say that he enjoys his time in North London and that he has a good relationship with Levi and Barracci.
“The present is now, the future is late … later it may be too late for us”
“Honestly, I like to live in the present and not think too much about the future,” Conte said. “Now it is important to live in the present, to try in the present to improve the situation, to try to get the best results from my players.
“The present now, the future later. And later it can be too late for us. We have to focus on the present to try to improve the situation now. Then we’ll see but I repeat, now we have to focus on the present because at the moment we have to work a lot to try and keep Tottenham in place.” the appropriate “.
Earlier in the press conference, Conte laughed when asked if he thought the scale of his job at Spurs would be as big as he is.
“When you’re abroad you can just imagine,” he said ahead of Sunday’s north London derby. “Then, when you are inside the situation, you can understand each aspect very well. Now, I repeat, it is time to act.”
Conte, who has yet to lose a league game since his appointment in November, said he did not join Spurs because he had been promised about how much money the club would spend.
“I accepted because I felt that Tottenham could be a great situation for me to work in, to try to present my idea of football, to try to create something important for this club,” he said.
“I’m enjoying working at Tottenham because I’ve found a great environment, a great atmosphere, a great stadium, a great training ground. Certainly, I think maybe we have to bring the team up to the same level as our infrastructure. To try to match the situation now, I think we have to improve to keep up with those two situations. the different”.
Conte, who was speaking before news of a possible game delay spread, added that he believed Arsenal were “ahead” of Tottenham in their attempts to return to the top levels of the league.
Conte said: “I think they are doing a good job at the moment. Maybe that’s why they are ahead of the project than us because they started earlier with the same coach. Now they have good results.”