Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has refused to give any guarantees that he will stay at the club after the end of the January transfer window.
Earlier this month, it turned out that some of the players feared that Conte could leave in February if he does not get the financial support he wants this month, with the Italian keen on deals for such as Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic and Wolves’ Adama Traore.
Conte was asked about his feelings about the lack of business and was asked to confirm if he will still be with Spurs at the end of the month, but he failed to commit in any way.
“Honestly, I like living in the present and not thinking much about the future,” Conte said.
“It is important to live in the present, to try to improve the situation … because the present is now, the future is later. And later may be too late for us. We need to focus on the present. Then we’ll see.
“I want to work, I want to improve this team and, I repeat, we have to focus on the present because I really want to improve, we want to improve.”
However, Conte was keen to emphasize that he did not join Spurs due to the promise of financial support and instead insisted that he was simply affected by the project.
“I did not sign for Tottenham because the chairman or the general manager told me something about the transfer market or about the money the club will spend, to be honest,” he continued.
“I said yes because I felt that Tottenham could be a great situation for me to work, to try to come up with my idea of football, to try to create something important for this club.
“They probably told me ‘we want to improve and we would like to work with you.’ I said OK, yes, and now we have to try to improve and take the team to an important level.
“I know very well that it will be very difficult because the gap is not a small gap, but we must try to match our ambition and the reality of the situation at this moment of the team.”
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