Conte does little to calm Tottenham ‘fear’ that he might go

Date published: Saturday 15th January 2022 10:18 - Matthew Stead

Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte has underlined his happiness at Tottenham but made no commitment over his long-term future.

Conte was appointed Tottenham head coach in November, signing an 18-month contract with the option to extend for another year.

The Italian has had mixed results since taking over, winning eight of his 14 matches but losing both legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea and stuttering slightly in terms of Premier League performances.

Conte has often spoken of the need to reinforce his squad in the January transfer window but Tottenham have conducted no business as yet, leading to ‘fear’ in the dressing room that he could step down from his position if not properly backed.

After telling the media he is “enjoying” his time in north London, Conte went into a little more detail.

“Honestly I like to live in the present and not to think a lot about the future,” he said, twice sidestepping questions about whether he would see out the remainder of his Tottenham contract.

“Now it is important to live in the present, to try in the present to improve the situation and get out the best of my players. To work to improve the situation because the present is now, the future is later.

“Later could be too much later for us. We have to be focused on the present and work to try to improve the situation now.

“Then I will see. Now we have to be focused 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 year more. But I repeat, I am enjoying my time at Tottenham and I have a good relationship with the people in Tottenham, with our chairman, with our general director.

“I want to work and improve this team. We have to be focused on the present to try to improve the situation. For sure I want to improve, we want to improve. This must be the important thing.

“I did not sign for Tottenham because the chairman or the general director told me something about the transfer market or about the money the club is going to spend, honestly.

“I accepted because I felt that Tottenham could be a fantastic situation for me to work, to try to bring my idea of football, to try to create something important for this club.

“I know very well it will be very difficult because the gap is not a little gap. But we have to try to match our ambition and the reality of the situation in this moment of the team.

“I don’t lose my ambition and this must be very clear. I like to fight for something important.

“I like to fight and to be competitive. I know very well there is only one team that can lift trophies at the end of the season, especially in England where the level is very difficult and every squad is very strong.

“For sure I don’t want to lose my characteristic. I don’t want to lose my will, my desire, otherwise I will go against myself. I have to be the same person in every moment and I want to keep this characteristic.”

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