Tottenham news: Antonio Conte says he has no assurances over January spending

Spurs boss says he is 'happy' at club but insists he can't make any promises about long-term future.

Antonio Conte says he did not receive any assurances over transfers or spending when he joined Tottenham earlier in the season.

The Italian has had a big impact at Spurs, immediately reigniting their challenge for Champions League qualification.

There is an assumption that Tottenham will be one of the biggest spenders in the transfer market as they try to satisfy Conte's ambitions, but he insists that is not necessarily the case.

"I did not sign for Tottenham because the chairman or the general director told me something about the transfer market or about the money the club is going to spend, honestly.

"I accepted because I felt that Tottenham could be a fantastic situation for me to work, to try to bring my idea of football, to try to create something important for this club.

"I know very well it will be very difficult because the gap is not a little gap. But we have to try to match our ambition and the reality of the situation in this moment of the team.

"I don't lose my ambition and this must be very clear. I like to fight for something important.

"I like to fight and to be competitive. I know very well there is only one team that can lift trophies at the end of the season, especially in England where the level is very difficult and every squad is very strong.

"For sure I don't want to lose my characteristic. I don't want to lose my will, my desire, otherwise I will go against myself. I have to be the same person in every moment and I want to keep this characteristic."

Conte has a fine record, winning the league title at both of his last two clubs - Chelsea and Inter Milan.

However, he did not stay at either of them, and he is reluctant to talk about anything long-term at Tottenham too.

Antonio Conte reacts

"Honestly I like to live in the present and not to think a lot about the future," he said.

"Now it is important to live in the present, to try in the present to improve the situation and get out the best of my players. To work to improve the situation because the present is now, the future is later.

"Later could be too much later for us. We have to be focused on the present and work to try to improve the situation now.

"Then I will see. Now we have to be focused on the present and we have to work a lot to try to keep Tottenham in the right position.

"As you know I signed a contract for the end of the season and one year more. But I repeat, I am enjoying my time at Tottenham and I have a good relationship with the people in Tottenham, with our chairman (Daniel Levy), with our general director (Fabio Paratici).

"I want to work and improve this team. We have to be focused on the present to try to improve the situation. For sure I want to improve, we want to improve. This must be the important thing."

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