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Antonio Conte insists no transfer promises have been made by Tottenham but refuses to make a long-term commitment
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Antonio Conte insisted he didn’t join Tottenham because he was promised money to spend on transfers, but again refused to guarantee he would see out his contract.

On Friday, Conte declined to say whether he would stay at Spurs permanently for the duration of his 18-month contract, amid fears by some players he could quit if he was disappointed with the club’s transfer window.

Conte has won five titles in his last seven seasons as a manager and has a reputation for demanding quick success.

The 52-year-old appeared surprised at the quality of his squad, which he repeatedly described as ‘in the middle’, and said he hadn’t realized the true situation at Spurs until he had started work.

And, at a subsequent briefing on Friday, Conte was again pressured to assure supporters that he was committed to Tottenham until at least the end of next season.

He said: “Honestly, I like to live in the present and not think too much about the future. Now it’s important to live in the present, try in the present to improve the situation and bring out the best in it. my players. Work to improve the situation because the present is now, the future is later. Later might be too late for us.

“We have to focus on the present and work to try to improve the situation now. So I’ll see. Now we have to focus on the present and we have to work a lot to try to keep Tottenham in the right position.

“As you know, I signed a contract for the end of the season and one more year,” continued Conte.

“But I repeat, I am enjoying my time at Tottenham and I have a good relationship with the people of Tottenham, with our chairman, with our chief executive. I want to work and improve this team. We have to focus on the present. to try to improve the situation. Of course, I want to improve, we want to improve. That has to be the most important thing.

Conte has warned Spurs need to improve the squad if they are to compete for silverware and they are targeting a midfielder, striker and right-back this month.

But it’s understood Spurs need to offload players before Conte can invest in new talent – a situation which is likely to frustrate the Italian.


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