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Conte says Spurs will need more signings if anyone else leaves this summer

Antonio Conte says Tottenham will need more signings this summer if his squad is reduced with outgoings before the deadline.

Spurs have been active in the summer transfer window with seven new arrivals, though recent recruit Destiny Udogie will be loaned back to Udinese for the 2021/22 campaign.

 

However, the North London side have allowed Giovani Lo Celso to join Villarreal on a permanent deal, while club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele is set to join Napoli on a season-long loan.

Conte says he pleased with the options available to him at present, but warned further reinforcements will be required if there are departures from his squad.

“We’re okay. But if someone goes away, for sure another player has to come. Especially if some players want to go to play regularly,” he told his pre-match press conference ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Wolves.

“It’s difficult to keep them here. But at the same time, it has to be very clear that if a player wants to go play, I have to replace this player.

“This is very important. We need to have a squad capable to face a lot of games until November. This is very important for me.”

Conte provided an update on his squad and revealed Cristian Romero will miss the clash with Wolves. The defender picked up a minor issue during last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea and will not be risked. Oliver Skipp will also be absent this weekend, but is closing in on a return.

“Cristian [Romero] had a little problem during the game against Chelsea in the final part of the game, but it’s a little problem. After the game he started to feel a bit of pain in his adductor. We checked him, and honestly the player wanted to give his availability but in this type of situation especially as we have a lot of games to play, it would be stupid to take a risk. For this reason for the game against Wolverhampton he’s not available.

“The other player not available for Wolverhampton is [Oliver] Skipp but good news about him because today or tomorrow he will run again. This is really good news.

“I hope this player to be a bit lucky because since January he started to have a problem. But I think hopefully he will be ready quickly. We need his performance, he’s a really good guy, and for sure he’s suffering a lot to stay outside, but I think for the period where we have to play a lot of games he will be available, which is really good news for us.”

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