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Tottenham 'concerned & surprised' by Antonio Conte interview

Tom Gott
Chairman Daniel Levy is understood to have been shocked by Conte's comments
Chairman Daniel Levy is understood to have been shocked by Conte's comments / Robin Jones/GettyImages

Tottenham's hierarchy are said to have been surprised by manager Antonio Conte's claims that his squad had been weakened over the January transfer window.

The boss spoke to Italian media about his confusion at seeing four first-team regulars - Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele, Bryan Gil and Giovani Lo Celso - all leave the club, with just Juventus duo Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski coming in in their places.

Conte also suggested that the two new signings were seen as ones for the future, rather than 'ready' players who could actually help the team out now.

According to the Daily Mail, Spurs chiefs were left confused by Conte's claims, with some believing that the boss knew there would not be a lot of money available in January as the focus was on clearing out high-earning fringe players.

While they are not worried by rumours that Conte could resign from his position before the end of the season, there are now real fears that their summer recruitment could determine whether Conte stays or goes.

Conte will have 12 months left on his contract by the time the summer arrives and Spurs now fear that they will have to have a huge transfer window if they are to convince the former Inter manager to stick around for the long term.

There may be bigger fish to fry as well as The Sun believe that striker Harry Kane is only open to staying at Tottenham if Conte is backed heavily in the summer to build a squad that is genuinely capable of competing for major honours.

Kane is enjoying life under Conte and sees the Italian as the right man to turn Spurs around, but he will turn 29 in July and does not want to commit to staying if the board do not match his immediate ambition.