Antonio Conte drops hint over long-term stay at Tottenham | Football


Antonio Conte has been backed with plenty of signings this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Antonio Conte says he and his Tottenham team can ‘work for many years together’ in a hint that his long-term future lies in north London.

The Italian coach came in to replace Nuno Espirito Santo at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last November and guided Spurs to a top-four finish in his first season.

Conte has been backed with a number of signings this summer, including Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Fraser Forster and Clement Lenglet.

The 52-year-old is a perennial winner known for his fiery attitude, and notably opened the door to an exit from the north London club after a dismal defeat to Burnley in the Premier League last season.

But the former Chelsea boss is happy with the current trajectory Spurs are on and can see himself sticking around for a long while.

‘As I’ve said before, our project, our plan is to try to become competitive, more than the past, but you know very well that in football you cannot build something important in one day, one month, one year,’ Conte told reporters.

‘You have go step by step and try to increase the quality, increase the number of players in your squad. When a team stay in the top four and play European games you need to face four competitions in the best possible way.

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Richarlison is one of Conte’s major signings this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

‘To do this you need a good squad with good quality. We are trying to do this but we have just started this process.

‘Last season I think we worked very well to reach a place in the Champions League.

‘At the same time I think we exploited problems, United’s problems and in the last three games Arsenal were four points up on us and for this reason we have to continue with the club to build with the players, to continue to improve them. They have a lot of space for improvement.

‘This is a young team and we can work for many years together to improve and fight with the best teams in England and in Europe.’

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