Antonio Conte has played down talk of Tottenham signings in the January transfer window as he insists his focus remains on "evaluating" his squad.
The Italian coach expressed his frustrations in the aftermath of Spurs' last outing, a shock 2-1 defeat to Slovenian minnows NS Mura in the Europa Conference League, admitting he was "starting to understand" the extent of the situation at the club.
Conte exclaimed that he was "not a magician" following the defeat while also admitting that the quality of his new Tottenham team was "not so high", highlighting the need for squad reinforcements.
However, speaking ahead of the all-London clash with Brentford on Thursday night, the 52-year-old suggested January transfer targets hadn't been discussed with chairman Daniel Levy and the club's hierarchy.
When probed on the prospect of squad arrivals in come the New Year, Conte stated: "Honestly, when I decided to become Tottenham manager I didn't speak about this aspect.
"When you take a job, you have to make your evaluations and you have to feel your sensations. And honestly I felt Tottenham was the right club to work and to bring my ideas and philosophy of football. For this reason, I accepted the job.
"I didn't talk about January or the way to improve the team. I repeat: I'm here because I have great enthusiasm, great patience to start a new work with Tottenham.
"If I'm here, it's because I want to build something important with the club."
Tottenham are currently seventh in the Premier League, four points adrift of the top four, having been denied a chance to close the gap to their rivals after their Sunday clash up at Burnley was postponed due to heavy snowfall.
Conte reiterated his stance that Spurs are "far off" England's elite but refused to be drawn on transfer speculation, insisting his focus remains on evaluating his current players.
"I know at the moment we're a bit far from the top clubs but we need to work to improve the situation," Conte said. "To start to and also to create a good basis where you start – and then you build.
"We can do this and then our fans will support us and for sure, at the moment, it's not simple, but I have great enthusiasm and great patience and I believe that here we can win something importance.
"We need patience and time but I have great desire to do something great.
He added: "For now, January is very far. We need to be concentrated. We need to move up the table and get points.
"For us it's very, very important to stick close to the teams above us, but January is very far. I need to make the right evaluations on my whole squad.
"We have to play many, many games. I trust these players. We are working hard."