Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has spoken on Tottenham Hotspurs questioning their ambitions, indicating he wanted to sign Kyle Walker and also his view on Spurs.
The Chelsea manager who sterred the club to the Premier League title in his first year at the club has indicated that Spurs ambition is not like that of Chelsea, Manchester United among others.
Spurs finished second to Chelsea in the PL title race as they gave up a good chase last season but is yet to recruit any player in the summer window.
Club chairman, Daniel Levy was against what he term “unsustainable” spending by the Premiership clubs. He said; “We have a duty to manage the club appropriately”.
But Antonio Conte who has signed four players so far including transfer of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid said; “If [Spurs] don’t win the title, it’s not a tragedy”.
He also added that; “If they don’t arrive in the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out in the first round of the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out after the first game that they play in the Europa League, it’s not a tragedy”.
“Maybe for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and I don’t know Liverpool, it is a tragedy. You must understand the status of the team”, the Italian continued.
“Every team has to understand what their ambitions are. If their ambitions are to fight for the title or win the Champions League, you must buy expensive players. Otherwise you continue to stay in your level. It’s simple”, Conte reiterated.
“My question is this: What are Tottenham’s expectations?”, Conte asked.
When asked about Kyle Walker who has joined Manchester City, Conte was quick to reveal that he “tried to buy” Walker for Chelsea acknowledging that the market is currently “very difficult”, adding: “I think now every single player is expensive.”
Antonio Conte was full of praise for Spurs forward, Harry Kane saying he would be his first pick if he could sign any forward.
The 23 year old has been the top scorer of the Premier League for the last two consecutive seasons with Conte indicating that he will cost £100m if pushed to the wall the amount to price him away from Spurs.
“Tottenham is a really good squad if they are able to keep all the players,” Conte said.
“For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world.
“If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane. He is a complete striker. He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he’s strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left.
“If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m”, the Italian indicated.
The Premier League according to accountancy firm Deloitte has spent over £850m in player transfers and are predicting that they will bypass the record of £1.165bn which was recorded last summer.