Tottenham director Fabio Paratici says he ‘hasn’t spoken’ to new manager Antonio Conte about January transfers – but insists the club has ‘everything’ in place to achieve success
- Antonio Conte has taken charge at Tottenham replacing Nuno Espirito Santo
- He will be tasked with turning the fortunes of the club around going forward
- Fabio Paratici says he has not spoken to Conte about the January window
- The pair ‘trust’ their current players, with the club sitting ninth in the league
Tottenham’s managing director of football Fabio Paratici says he and Antonio Conte have not spoken about transfers and have trust in the players they currently have.
The former Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan manager replaced Nuno Espirito Santo on Tuesday, after signing an 18-month contract with the club.
He has been tasked with turning around the fortunes of Tottenham, who currently sit ninth in the Premier League table.
Antonio Conte has a big task in hand to improve the fortunes of his new club Tottenham
After their 3-0 defeat to Manchester United, the club sit ninth in the Premier League table
Spurs face Vitesse in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, and it was Paratici who spoke to the media to preview the game, rather than Conte.
Paratici was asked whether he had spoken to Conte about transfers and whether the intention was to bring players in during the January transfer window.
He replied: ‘Not at all, because we trust in our players. We trust a lot. So we are focused to better like a club, like a team.’
Fabio Paratici says he hasn’t spoken to Conte about dipping into the January transfer market
He added: ‘I think the team is competitive. We trust in the players, we have very good players.
‘So we don’t speak about (new players now, it is not the right time.’
Paratici though said the club has everything in place to achieve success following the appointment of Conte.
He said: ‘For sure we believe that we can achieve our target, otherwise we are not here.
‘We have everything to achieve – infrastructure, big club, players, history, big fans. We are here to improve.’
Conte delivered an emotional speech to the players on his first day at the club’s HQ
In an emotional opening day at the club’s Enfield HQ on Tuesday, the Italian told his side that he will instill a winning mentality into the team but they must be prepared to put in the hard yards, particularly on the training pitch.
Conte expressed to his new players that he is completely available for each and every one of them – but only if they give him everything in return.
The coach also stressed the importance of togetherness among the squad and to work hard for each other – but also insisted they should start to enjoy themselves again after what has been a tough start to the season.
Indeed, the senior Tottenham stars are understood to have been deeply impressed by Conte during his first 24 hours at the helm and found him motivational.
Conte replaces Nuno Espirito Santo who was sacked after just four months in charge
Hugo Lloris says the decision to appoint Conte ‘shows a lot of ambition for Tottenham’
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris was also interviewed by the media ahead of the game on Thursday.
When asked about Conte’s appointment he said: ‘(It) shows a lot of ambition for Tottenham. But the players need to show their responsibility and their commitment. Now it’s about finding the right combination together.’
He added: ‘Unfortunately it didn’t work like we wanted (under Nuno). Now it’s a new era, a new chapter and we have to take consideration it’s never easy for a manager to be brought in during the season.
‘There is a lot of new information the manager needs to get into our mind.’
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