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Antonio Conte says if he is to remain Tottenham head coach he must accept that his task is to develop the club, not to challenge for Premier League and Champions League victory.

Spurs dropped out of the top four after being beaten 2-0 at home by Aston Villa on Sunday – their fourth defeat in seven Premier League games – as they also fell 14 points behind leaders Arsenal as the season approaching the midpoint.

The experience of being almost out of title contention so early in a season is largely unknown for Conte, who has won four Serie A crowns with Juventus and Inter Milan, as well as a Premier title. League 2016-17 in the Italian first team. campaign at Chelsea.

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Speaking ahead of Spurs’ trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday, which is live on sky sportsConte said: “Here I understood that my task is different. My task here is to help the club build a strong base, create a base and then try to improve.

“If you ask me, ‘is the challenge to win the Premier League, the Champions League?’ That is not the task here at the moment.

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“The task for me is to help the club. I signed a contract in November [2021] and I found the club in a difficult position, for many reasons. My task, I understood very well, is to try to help the club to go in the right direction or to come back in the right direction.

“On player choices, on work, organizing and creating a foundation – that’s my big challenge here, and I have to accept it if I want to stay here. Otherwise, if I don’t want to accept this, I have to go.”

Conte, whose contract with Spurs expires at the end of the season, struck out after Sunday’s loss to the ‘crazy’ expectations around him and claimed the club need to sign two players worth 50-70 million pounds every season if they want to get serious. title contenders.

Although Spurs have an option to extend Conte’s contract for another year, the fact that last month’s talks between the club and the manager did not result in the announcement of a new deal means his future remains uncertain.

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Conte added: “At the beginning, for me, it was not easy, but then I think it’s an important experience. I agree to do it because I found a great club, it’s why I’m happy to work here.

“I found people who want to be positive and try to create, I found people who know what their reality is, and for that reason I accepted that. Otherwise, if these people say to me, ‘we will win’ (Premier League now)’, I would say, ‘sorry but it’s not the right time to think that in a year you’re going to win.’

“Now my big challenge is to continue to work hard with my staff, with the players, to improve the club, to create a solid base. If I am satisfied to continue doing this work and to see the result one day, I I will continue to stay. If I’m not 100 per cent convinced, then I can leave my job here, but it’s a big job that we do together.”

Spurs want a striker and a full-back in January

Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:

Tottenham are looking for a striker and a wing-back in this transfer window.

Longer term, they want to bring in a left centre-back and will pursue a deal this summer, with Clement Lenglet loaned from Barcelona at the end of the season.

One player Tottenham are watching is Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapie, who is an Ecuadorian international, but Napoli are also fond of the 20-year-old.

Redknapp sees cracks between Conte and Levy

sky sports Pundit Jamie Redknapp fears cracks are appearing in Conte’s relationship with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and believes the Spurs head coach may even seek to engineer his exit from the club.

Asked in the sky sports studio if he thinks the club will meet Conte’s demands on Super Sunday, Redknapp said: “£60-70m every year? No, that’s not how Daniel Levy works.

“That’s not the kind of business they want to do. They want to buy good young players, improve them and then try to sell them.

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“It doesn’t make up for the fact that they were poor today. No (Dejan) Kulusevski, who was important, or (Rodrigo) Bentancur, who was instrumental.

“But I don’t like the way it’s going, with Antonio Conte and Daniel Levy. I can see cracks appearing, (Mauricio) Pochettino behind the scenes, I don’t think it’s going to end the way it should. .

“I’m a big fan of Antonio Conte but I think there’s going to be a spinoff very soon.”

As well as mentioning the availability of former Spurs boss Pochettino, who is currently unemployed following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, Redknapp said he believed Conte was provoking Levy.

“For Levy to change his way for many years, that’s just not going to happen. The more you provoke him, the more you’re going to upset him.

“He’s definitely looking for something right now, Conte, and it looks like he’s looking for an exit clause.

“Levy will hate this kind of message sent to him. Conte is very emotional but that’s typical.

“They want the best for the club, it’s his club, his team, his passion.”

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