Antonio Conte opens up on Harry Winks loan exit and creating ‘something special’ at Tottenham
Antonio Conte has opened up on Harry Winks’ credit exit and various different points in front of Wednesday’s down at West Ham
Antonio Conte has conceded that Harry Winks felt it was the perfect opportunity to leave Tottenham and go play consistently somewhere else. Moving on from the club’s foundation and turning into a customary in Mauricio Pochettino’s group, the 26-year-old has needed to manage with restricted first-group valuable open doors over the past several seasons.
All through the matchday crew on occasion during Jose Mourinho’s residency, the midfielder had a piece impact job last mission under both Nuno Espirito Santo and Conte and just began in nine Premier League apparatuses. Presently set to seal a season-long credit move to Italian side Sampdoria, the Spurs lead trainer has opened up on the player’s flight and guaranteed that the Serie An outfit are getting “a great player”.
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“We, most importantly, are discussing a great player. Last season he played with us and he played well. It was for the player and the player felt this to attempt to proceed to play consistently, play each game,” made sense of Conte.
“I think it is a decent chance for Sampdoria, particularly. They are getting a great player. And furthermore for Harry, to go beyond England and into Italy to play in a significant league. It will be great.
“Yet, he’s going borrowed, then, at that point, next season we will see. Without a doubt, we are discussing a great player that is going there to play routinely and it is an extraordinary getting paperwork done for Sampdoria assuming that this arrangement is finished.”
Falling a further put in the pecking request following the late spring appearance of Yves Bissouma from Brighton and Hove Albion, Winks was continuously going to battle for minutes at Tottenham. Conceding that he might have been self centered and kept the Hemel Hempstead-conceived player in N17 as a fifth midfield choice, Conte understands that he really wants standard first-group football.
“If I wanted to be selfish I would say maybe it’s more convenient for Winks to stay here. To have five strong midfielders, with Rodrigo Bentancur, Pierre Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Skippy and Winksy, for me that is OK,” he said.
“You know very well to make the players happy, there are players who want to play regularly. They want to try to have a different challenge. Sometimes it doesn’t depend only on the club or the coach. Sometimes it can depend that a player wants a new challenge or wants to play regularly, to have more satisfaction.”
With Winks and Sergio Reguilon moving on ahead of Thursday’s 11pm transfer deadline, Tottenham fans will be hoping that a new addition or two come in through the door. Signing eight players so far this summer, Conte has reiterated that he has made his feelings clear to Fabio Paratici and the club and that they are well aware of his opinion.
“Honestly, this is not the place to speak about the transfer market. The club and especially Fabio Paratici knows very well my opinion,” said the Italian. “Also, because we have players that want to go on loan. They know my opinion.
“Then I have to respect the decision of the club because it’s right. The most important thing is that the club knows my opinion and it’s not important at this moment to bring my opinion into the media.”
Tottenham’s new signings have certainly benefitted the team this campaign, with Ivan Perisic and Richarlison already playing important roles for the side and helping them achieve ten points from a possible 12. There’s plenty more for Spurs to work on over the coming months, especially the team’s mentality as the boss has revealed that it is strong but “still not enough”.
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“The start was positive because to get 10 points in four games and also play away against Chelsea means you had a really good start. But you know very well we are working to continue to improve in many aspects and in this team we have space for a big improvement,” admitted the Spurs head coach.
“Sometimes I think we also have to grow in personality. To go straight into the game. To understand very well the level of the game. But honestly I’m seeing a lot of improvement in this team.
“This team now is showing to be strong, to be strong mentally. In my opinion, still not enough because we have space for improvement in this aspect. Then we have to continue to improve, especially with the ball to try to bring into the game what we try during the training session.
“But honestly for the commitment, the attitude, the behaviour, the improvement I’ve seen in nine months I have to be very satisfied.”
Picking up more points in the Premier League than any other team since March, Spurs have made huge strides under Conte and picked up points against the Premier League’s best. Tipped to challenge towards the top of the league over the course of the season and apply pressure to Man City and Liverpool, do Spurs need to think like title contenders over the coming months with a hectic schedule on the cards if they are to really challenge them?
“Our first target is to try to improve ourselves from last season. That is very important,” explained Conte. “You know very well you cannot build a big, big structure in only nine months – it’s impossible. In front of us are two top teams who have been working with the same coach for 10 years and have continued to invest much more money than us.
“You need to understand this situation to reduce the gap but we want to do that work to reduce that gap and in our heart, in our mind, in our soul, we want to be competitive in every game and get three points. Then you know very well that this period could be very important because when you go to play every three days, if you are a top club with an important squad you are ready for these situations.
“Now we have to understand if we are on the right path to do the same. We have maybe six more games in 20 days and it is an important test for us. The standard we have been doing has been good for the last games.
“My players are capable of being competitive enough to win something – even Europe. But you know very well we are not stupid and don’t understand the situation. But for sure, we have to be dreamers and to work a lot to be something special. To create something around us and have a great season.
“We need our minds, when we go to win, to ask ourselves for much more, much more, much more. This is the only way to push ourselves, create the right atmosphere and become a winner and get that into our mind.”