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It is what it is - Conte gives up on Tottenham after criticising January transfer business again

Tottenham Hotspur lost four key players in January despite the arrival of Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentacur

Antonio Conte laments the departure of some of his key players

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has shown his disappointment at the business conducted by his club during the January transfer window.

The Italian manager stated that his team was weakened not strengthened because of the departure of four key players despite the arrival of Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentacur from Juventus.

The former Inter Milan manager told Sky Sport Italia that losing Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli, and Bryan Gil may have weakened the Lilywhites on paper.

"I saw some situations from the outside that could be developed, but when you get into it, you realise something," Conte said.

"What happened in January is not easy. Four players left in January. Four important players for Tottenham, two have arrived. So even numerically instead of reinforcing yourself you may have, on paper, weakened.”

The 52-year-old tactician pointed out that though the January arrivals key into the club's transfer strategy of developing young players, this might affect the club's readiness to compete with other big teams.

Conte explained: "The vision, the philosophy of the club is this. It is inevitable that if you want to grow faster and if you want to be competitive more quickly you need players with a lot of experience.

"Because they also lead to an increase in experience in your team. But then again, the vision of the club I realised is this and will continue to be this."

The four-time Italian champion earlier stated that despite Tottenham's £30m outlay on Kulusevski and Bentacur, the club would have to wait longer to achieve success as the players settle into the team.

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