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Former Tottenham defender Vega fears Conte walking away

Former Tottenham defender Ramon Vega believes Antonio Conte will consider his future if the lack of signings continue.

Spurs boss Conte has made it clear he wants reinforcements this month - and they have yet to land a big signing which has led to an underlying fear among fans that the combative Italian could quit unless he gets new players.

Ex-Swiss international Vega told the Mirror: “I can see the frustration in the fans and I'm part of that because we've got a potentially good manager, some good players in the squad but you need to add onto that to make that extra play to be in the top four.

“The fans can see that, anyone can see that, it's obvious. But this has been building for three or four years. Now they are in a situation where they have to get rid of players, move them out, to get players in.

"The danger is always there with Conte. The guarantee is always there that a manager will be sacked or will leave. Conte got into this wanting a race horse but got a donkey. But if he walks away, then he will be weak and it's the easy option to do it.

“If he manages to turn the donkey into a race horse, get them into top four, then he deserves all the respect as one of the great managers in the world.

“But you can't fix it in one window. It's like climbing a mountain without any mountain climbing gear. It's a very difficult task.

“The club is very well run, look at the stadium, but then look at the football side of things. It's clear that it has not had the success they want.

"The January market is incredibly difficult. You have to be very careful and this is why Spurs are in a difficult situation. They need to get rid of players.

“Look at Tanguy Ndombele, he cost an outrageous amount of money and now sits on the bench. Who would pay that salary? Knowing Daniel as well, he will want a big transfer fee as well.

“This isn't a new thing. It's been creeping up for three or four years and there has to be some accountability on the football side of things at the club."


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