Tottenham football manager Fabio Paratici has poured water on suggestions that Spurs could review their squad during the transfer window in January following Antonio Conte’s arrival as head coach.
The former Chelsea and Inter coach signed a contract until the summer of 2023 on Tuesday, replacing Nuno Espirito Santo in the hole in north London.
Conte’s first match as head of Tottenham comes at home against Vitesse in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, for which Paratici took the pre-match press conference due to the rapid turnaround in the coaches.
After thanking Nuno and his staff for their services to the club, Paratici explained that the club believes in the abilities of the current squad.
Asked if he has talked to Conte about potential transfers yet, Paratici said: “Not at all. We trust our players. We are focused on getting better and as a team.
“We are not talking about players until now. We have to be focused on our team. I think the team is competitive. We have very good players so we are not talking about players now. It is not the right time.”
Paratici was also dismissive of rumors that Conte’s arrival could persuade Harry Kane to stay at the club.
The English captain was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City during the summer, but the Premier League champions never made an offer close to Spurs’ valuation and Kane remained at the club.
It was reported on Tuesday that Kane was impressed by the level of ambition shown by Tottenham when he hired Conte and he is happy to work under him, but Paratici said that the appointment is not just about helping and appeasing Spurs’ talisman.
“It’s not just about Harry Kane,” Paratici stressed. “We try to do the best for this club every day. It’s not just about Harry but everyone else.”
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