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Antonio Conte is confident Dejan Kulusevski will become Tottenham’s top player

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte believes Dejan Kulusevski will become a top player for the club.

The Sweden international has made an impressive start since signing from Juventus on deadline day. He has scored two goals and provided four assists in eight Premier League games.

Although the 21-year-old is already delivering, Conte believes the best is yet to come.

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Dejan Kulusevski (centre) will be involved as Spurs host West Ham in a crunch game in the race for the top 4 (Adam Davy/PA)

“We’re talking about an important perspective,” he said. “He is very young, only 21 years old, and despite his young age, he has good experience with the national team.

“To play at Juventus for a year and a half you understand what it means to live under pressure. He could probably ‘crack’ in the future.

“Also because I see the intensity, the will and the desire to play. Like every day in training, he’s a type of player who wants to be a top player in his career.

“Even though I’m his manager, I try to help him improve and believe in him. It is certainly an important perspective for the present and for the future.

“He has to carry on like he has been doing for a month and a half. He has improved physically, tactically and mentally.”

Kulusevski will be involved in a crunch game in the race for the top 4 as Spurs host West Ham knowing they will go beyond their London rivals with a win and have a game in hand.

West Ham’s efforts on Thursday night – where they beat Sevilla in extra time – will certainly play a part, but Conte doesn’t know if that will be a negative or positive effect.

“I can answer you after the game and tell you how the Sevilla game affects the game against us. Sure, on one hand they played 120 minutes, but when you get a result like that it gives you confidence, enthusiasm and strength,” he said.

“It will definitely be a very difficult game for both teams. We are in the same position and we have the same goal.

“It’s a derby and don’t forget that a derby is always difficult but I think my team, we’re in a good moment of form now. We’re improving a lot. We’ll try everything to get three points.

“It would be very important to have a fantastic atmosphere around us in the stadium. Our fans have an important role to play in the game.

“Like all other games, they can help us by pushing us from start to finish to create an amazing atmosphere around us. That will be very important for us.”

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