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Tottenham manager Conte: I didn't ask about January transfers when I took this job

Antonio Conte says he didn't discuss transfers when he took over as Tottenham Hotspur manager last month.

Eyes have turned towards the January transfer window as Spurs look to challenge for a top-four spot.

But Conte insists he is still focused on improving his current squad.

Speaking ahead of Thursday's League game against Brentford, the Italian said: "Honestly when I decided to become Tottenham manager I didn't speak about [January].

"When you take a job, you have to make your evaluations and you have to feel your sensations. And honestly I felt Tottenham was the right club to work at and to bring my ideas and philosophy of football. For this reason, I accepted the job.

"I didn't talk about January or the way to improve the team. I repeat: I'm here because I have great enthusiasm, great patience to start a new work with Tottenham.

"If I'm here, it's because I want to build something important with the club. I know at the moment we're a bit far from the top clubs but we need to work to improve the situation. To start and also to create a good basis where you start – and then you build. We can do this and then our fans will support us and for sure, at the moment, it's not simple.

"But I have great enthusiasm and great patience and I believe that here we can build something important. We need patience and time but I have great desire to do something great.

He added: "At the moment, my only thoughts are about getting the best out of my players.

"In this moment, in my mind there is only this. I've found a group of players who want to improve, they want to improve their level and for sure we need to improve the level if we want to be competitive and if we want to fight for something important.

"But in this moment the level is not so high. I think that's honest on one hand, but on the other hand, it can give us more desire and more will to work and to improve ourselves.

"That's the only way that in this moment we have to try in this season to be competitive or at least to fight. To look up and not in the middle or down."

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