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‘We have just started’ Conte reveals long-term plans at Tottenham

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The Spurs are preparing for their first full season under the Italian manager.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has reflected on the club’s plans to become a major European force in the coming seasons.

The Italian boss has made a huge impact since arriving at the north London club last November. Tottenham edged out their arch-rivals Arsenal in a close top-four race to reach the Champions League.

The Spurs have added Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence to their squad since the start of the summer transfer window. However, Conte says the club are still at the beginning of their rebuilding process.

“As I’ve said before, our project, our plan is to try to become competitive, more than the past,” Conte told reporters.

“But you know very well that in football you build something important in one day, one month, one year you have to go step by step and try to increase the quality, increase the number of players in your squad.

“Don’t forget that when a team stays in the top four and plays European games you need to face four competitions in the best possible way.

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“To do this you need a good squad with good quality. We are trying to do this, but we have just started this process. Last season I think we worked very well to reach a place in the Champions League.”

Conte has less than a year left on his current Spurs contract. However, it seems the club’s long-term plans would keep him in London far beyond the next summer.

Asked about the last season’s top-four race, he added: “I think we exploited problems, like [Manchester] United’s problems. Also in the last three games Arsenal were four points up on us and for this reason we have to continue with the club to build with the players, to continue to improve them.

“They have a lot of space for improvement. This is a young team. We can work for many years together to improve and fight with the best teams in England and in Europe.”