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Antonio Conte slams Tottenham’s £111m transfer ‘mistakes’ and gives future warning


Antonio Conte is frustrated at being left to sort out £111m worth of transfer flops at Tottenham including the club’s record £63m signing Tanguy Ndombele.

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Antonio Conte has launched a remarkable blast at Tottenham’s recent transfer “mistakes.”

Conte made it clear he has now been left with the job of clearing up the mess of a string of bad signings and up to £111m worth of deals.

Tottenham shipped out £63m record signing Tanguy Ndombele on loan to Lyon, £27m flop Giovani Lo Celso joined Villarreal on loan and £21m Bryan Gil went to Valencia. Dele Alli also joined Everton on deadline day.

Spurs boss Conte said: “Before arriving at Tottenham, to read the list of players you have in the squad, I considered all the players are important players, no? Because Ndombele we paid a lot for and it was the same for Lo Celso and Gil.

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“Then only when you’re in the situation, you understand very well which is the best solution for the club and for the players in this moment. For sure to lose four players in January, I repeat is not normal.

Tanguy Ndombele joined Tottenham from Lyon for a club record £69m in July 2019 but has been sent back to the French club on loan
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“If you send away players on loan you bought in the last two or three years, it means maybe you did something wrong in the past.

“We cannot make big mistakes in the transfer market. Because now – I repeat – there are many teams who started ahead of us and they stay ahead of us.

“If we want to reduce this gap, the mistakes must be minimum in every aspect. On the pitch, outside the pitch.

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“For this reason, we have to pay more attention in the future when we go in the market about the choice of the players.”

The three big money deals have been expensive mistakes and Steve Hitchen quit his scouting role this week while managing director Fabio Paratici oversaw the Gil deal last summer and Conte suggested not enough homework was done to check he was ready for English football.

Conte added: “I like to tell the truth and for sure we’re talking about a really good player in Gil, because he has good quality and he understands football quickly.

Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso was signed from Real Betis for £27m in August 2018 but is currently on loan with Villarreal

“In this moment, for sure this league is very tough. This league is different. If you compare this league with other leagues, you play another sport here.

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“For this reason when you go to sign a new player, you have to consider many aspects.

“You can be good with quality. You can be a creative player, but at the same time you have to be strong physically. You have to run a lot, to be resilient.”

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