Antonio Conte Stopped Short Of Offering Any Guarantees Over His Long-Term Future At Tottenham Yesterday

Conte has made it clear that he wants his squad to be upgraded in this month’s transfer window and has called on the club to build a team to match the quality of their infrastructure.

Antonio Conte stopped short of offering any guarantees over his long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, twice declining to assure supporters that he would be at the club beyond the next two transfer windows.

The Italian met Daniel Levy, the chairman, and managing director of football Fabio Paratici this week, with the trio agreeing to prioritise the signings of a right wing-back (Adama Traore, of Wolves, is the top target), a midfielder and an attacker.

Yesterday, Conte was twice asked whether he would guarantee he would still be at the club at the end of this transfer window and the summer window, irrespective of what happened in the transfer market. He declined to provide those assurances on both occasions, saying instead that he was fully focused on the “present” rather than the “future”.

But Conte did go on to say that he was enjoying his time in north London and that he had a good relationship with Levy and Paratici.

“Honestly, I like to live in the present and not to think a lot for the future,” Conte said. “And now it is important to live in the present, to try in the present to improve the situation, to try to get the best out of my players.”

Conte, who was speaking before the news broke of the game’s potential postponement, added that he believed Arsenal were “ahead” of Tottenham in their attempts to return to the upper echelons of the Premier League.

“I think they’re doing a good job in this moment,” Conte said. “Maybe for this reason they’re ahead in the project because they started earlier with the same coach. Now they’re having good results.”