Although the promise of new faces will help Tottenham’s case, Conte is also set to want assurances over the quality of the signings and the influence he has over who is brought in. On the summer priority list are the arrivals of two new wing-backs, a centre-back, midfielder, versatile attacker and back-up goalkeeper. Regarding the latter, Southampton’s Fraser Forster is set to complete a medical as part of a free transfer.
A bolstered squad will be essential for Spurs next season as they must cope with the demands that come with playing in the Champions League. Getting there seemed unlikely at the turn of the year, but having pipped north London rivals Arsenal to the post, Conte allowed himself a pat on the back after his side’s exploits at Carrow Road.
“It was a big achievement for myself, for the players and for the club,” he added. “In a short time, I worked a lot with my players to bring this club to play in the Champions League.
“I want to consider this qualification like a trophy. In my mind, my heart, my head, I know what we did in these seven months. I want to celebrate and we’ll have time to speak with the club about everything.”