Conte delivers transfer truth to Levy with Tottenham in need of overhaul | Tottenham Hotspur


Antonio Conte says that he delivered the unvarnished truth to Daniel Levy at a gathering to talk about Tottenham’s January transfer enterprise and it’s up to the chairman to ship on his suggestions.

Levy returned from the Bahamas on the weekend, the place he frolicked with the Spurs proprietor, Joe Lewis, and he sat down with Conte and the managing director of soccer, Fabio Paratici, on Monday.

Conte, who mentioned the membership had opened talks with Hugo Lloris a few contract extension – the captain’s deal expires in June – has carried out a radical analysis of the squad he inherited from Nuno Espírito Santo at the beginning of November.

Conte believes it wants surgical procedure and he has not been sluggish to spotlight how the membership have slipped to a mediocre degree, seeing a niche open up to groups resembling Chelsea, who Spurs host in the Carabao Cup semi-final, second leg on Wednesday evening. Chelsea are 2-0 up.

Conte feels he wants a centre-half, a midfielder, a right-sided participant and a back-up striker and, though he accepts that January is a tough window and the summer time is a extra practical time for an overhaul, he needs to see progress earlier than the tip of the month.

The supervisor has a powerful curiosity in Wolves’ Adama Traoré, who can play at proper wing-back or proper wing, and he would love to be reunited with the Internazionale centre-half Stefan de Vrij, with whom he labored at San Siro. De Vrij, 30 in February, wouldn’t seem to match Levy’s desired profile for signings. Spurs have been linked with a transfer for the Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, though they could favor to wait till the summer time when he’s out of contract.

Hugo Lloris is still key to Antonio Conte’s plans.
Hugo Lloris remains to be key to Antonio Conte’s plans. {Photograph}: Dave Shopland/Shutterstock

“When you’ve got the chance to converse to the proprietor [Levy] and the sporting director … with Paratici I’ve the chance to converse day by day … however to converse with our proprietor, it was necessary,” Conte mentioned. “Additionally as a result of I like to be sincere and all the time inform the truth. You already know that I don’t like to inform a very good lie to hold a very good relationship or present myself to be very mushy or too well mannered. It was good to inform the truth and it was a very good assembly.

“I’d requested the membership for time to make my analysis. They requested me after one month to have a gathering however I mentioned: ‘No. I favor to have one other month to make the appropriate analysis.’ To indicate me who deserves to keep right here. Now the state of affairs could be very clear and I used to be glad to have this dialog with the proprietor.

“Now I’ve just one manner – it’s on the pitch and the coaching classes day by day … to enhance the extent of my gamers. Then, the membership know the state of affairs and, if they need to assist me one other manner, I admire it.”

Conte expressed confidence that settlement may very well be reached for Lloris to keep, which felt like him exerting a little bit extra strain on the board.

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“I believe that they’ve began to discuss,” Conte mentioned. “You already know very nicely what I take into consideration Hugo. He’s an necessary participant and I’m positive that they’re going to discover a resolution for him to proceed to play with Tottenham. For positive I’m very assured about this case to be constructive.”

Conte reported that Cristian Romero had “taken a little bit half” in coaching on Tuesday and was “very shut” to a return after a hamstring tear. He added that he continued to rely on Steven Bergwijn, who can also be shut to getting back from harm. Ajax need the winger however the golf equipment are a distance aside on their valuations.