Antonio Conte has made it clear to Tottenham Hotspur that he wants to build a squad which is capable of challenging for competitive silverware, according to The Telegraph.
The Italian arrived in north London in November following the dismissal of Nuno Espirito Santo and claimed in January following defeat at Chelsea that the gap between Tottenham and the ‘top teams is very large’ (BBC).
Spurs are currently battling it out in the race for fourth place in the Premier League table and the lure of a return to the Champions League, which has not been achieved since the days of Mauricio Pochettino.
The report claims that Conte believes the club need to make a ‘number of signings’ if they are to be competitive in both domestic and European competition.
While the 52-year-old has been pleased with the improvement which Spurs have shown during his time at the helm, he is not prepared to be satisfied with the club competing for fourth place in the league.
At the end of the season, he is set to hold talks with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici to understand whether the club’s ambitions are aligned with his own.
Tottenham need to give Conte full control to continue the rebuild which has been desperately needed since Pochettino sounded the warning in 2019.
Conte has twelve months left on his contract at the end of the season and will not think twice about walking away if he does not agree fully with the direction he wants to go in. The prospect of going back to square one with another Nuno-type appointment is a chilling thought.
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