Antonio Conte calls January departures from Tottenham ‘strange’ and highlights past mistakes made in transfer window | Soccer News

Antonio Conte has called Tottenham’s four January departures ‘strange’ and says past mistakes made during the transfer window are the reason.

It was a busy deadline day for Spurs on Monday, with Tanguy Ndombele, Bryan Gil and Giovani Lo Celso all leaving on loan, while Dele Alli made a £40million move to Everton.

But Conte found the recently closed winter window a strange experience and hopes Tottenham will “pay more attention” to avoiding a similar situation in the future.

In a press conference ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup game against Brighton, the Tottenham boss said: “The players who have been on loan, they needed to play more games. I think it was good for both parties, for the club and also for the players because these players needed to play more games.

“It was strange to send in January three players on loan and one player for sale. It means that maybe in the past you have to see what you have done and maybe understand that there has been mistakes in the past.

“Usually you buy players to strengthen the team, but in recent years if you send away players on loan that you have bought in the last two or three years, maybe it means that you have done something wrong. wrong in the past.

I think it was a good decision for both parties, for the club and for the player. I think Dele needed to have another experience and have another challenge in his life. He’s a good guy and of course I want to say thank you for the time we spent together… Good luck to Dele and the other players who have been loaned out to other teams.

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“Honestly, before I came to Tottenham, to read the list of players in the squad, you considered the players you have in the squad as important players. Ndombele played a lot and it was the same for Lo Celso and Gil.

“It’s only when you stay in the situation that you understand very well what is the best solution for the club, the players at the moment. Losing four players in January is not normal. We shared the decision with the club and the players, but that means something bad happened in the past.

“Usually you find a player to strengthen your team and not lose the player after one or two years. For this reason, we must pay more attention in the future in the market to the choice of players.”

“Bentancur, Kulusevski correspond to the philosophy of Tottenham”

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Tottenham have signed Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus

There were also arrivals at Tottenham – Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski both arriving from Conte’s former side Juventus. Bentancur joined permanently, while Kulusevski signed an 18-month loan deal.

Conte believes the pair are fitting into the club and are now focused on improving their squad to close the gap to teams above them in the Premier League.

The Italian added: “These two players are the right prospect for the philosophy of Tottenham. They are young players, talented players to develop and improve. They are important players in the future, but we know that you you need time to do it. But for the philosophy of Tottenham, they are two good recruits for us.

“The team is now more complete because if an injury happened I was in big trouble, I was in trouble. For sure now the team is more complete.

“We tried to fill the right roles with a midfielder in Bentancur… Kulusevski is a good player. He is very young, he has great talent and he can play as a No.10 with the striker and two players behind.

“But at the same time he has the potential to play as a right winger. He has good quality, he likes to attack, he is good one on one and creating chances for his teammates. I think it’s a good recruit for us.

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“Now it’s time to work very hard, to try to improve. We know very well that there are many teams superior to us and to catch up with them we need time, patience, work hard and on the transfer market, you can’t make big mistakes because now there are a lot of teams ahead of us.

“If we want to reduce this gap, errors must be minimal in all aspects. On the pitch, off the pitch, that is my view.”

“The Premier League is like a different sport”

Tottenham were also linked with a number of players in the transfer window who eventually secured transfers elsewhere. Luis Diaz has been signed by Liverpool while Adama Traore has returned to Barcelona on loan – to name just two.

However, Conte believes the Premier League poses a very different challenge to other leagues, which gives him more to consider when choosing his transfer targets.

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“The club tried to do their best,” he said. “We know January is not easy, it’s not easy and I think the club tried to do their best. It’s not easy to sign players, you have to have players available because you don’t have many options.

“This league is very difficult and different. If you compare this league to another league, it’s like playing another sport. For this reason, when you go to sign a new player, you have to consider many aspects. Not only if he shoots Good or he makes an assist, you have to consider the situations because this championship is very difficult.

“You can be good, have quality and you can be a creative player, but at the same time you have to be physically strong, run a lot, be resilient. Being in this league is not easy.

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“I hope I transferred my thoughts to the club because I have my vision. I am here to try to help the club improve. In the past I have built good structures, good teams that have lasted over time, also without me.

“It means that maybe if I say something I have a vision and I see the situation. Here we have to build a good structure and create a good base and it will be very important not to make mistakes. in the future.

“At the moment, many teams are ahead of us and for this reason, to catch up with them, we have to erase the mistakes and follow this line.”

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