Paraticis big blow for Spurs fans over January transfers despite Conte arrival

Fabio Paratici has dropped a bombshell on Tottenham supporters by revealing he has not spoken to new boss Antonio Conte about transfers for the January transfer window.

After Conte was appointed as Nuno Espirito Santo's successor, it was understood he would be backed with a bumper budget to spend.

Mentions of targeting Serie A quartet Dusan Vlahovic, Frank Kessie, Milan Skriniar and Stefan De Vrij when the window re-opens had Spurs fans brimming with excitement.

But now managing director of football Paratici has crushed those hopes with the revelation that no discussions have been held with the Italian manager surrounding signings.

When asked about the matter, he replied: “Not at all. We trust in our players. We are focused to be better and like a team.”

The following question about Conte's transfer budget was met with a response of: “We don't speak about players until now.

"We have to be focused on our team. I think the team is competitive. We have very good players so we don't speak about players now. Not the right time.”

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Paratici was facing the press instead of Conte ahead of his first match in charge against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League.

His answers will be majorly disappointing for the Tottenham faithful who have been on cloud nine since the announcement on Tuesday.

There's considerable belief that with the right backing, Conte can lead them to their first trophy since 2008.

But chairman Daniel Levy is notorious for his hardball approach and steering a tight ship, which will be a concern.

Conte has left his two previous jobs at Chelsea and Inter Milan due to falling out with the owners.

Paratici, who was a colleague of Conte at Juventus, added: "I worked with Antonio before. I know him very well, he's a hard worker.

"A lot of passion and knowledge, one of the best coaches in the world. We have to work hard and be committed."

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