The double arrival of Conor Coady and Harry Winks sends a “good signal” of the type of business Leicester City would like to conduct this summer, new manager Enzo Maresca has said in his maiden address.

England internationals Coady and Winks were announced as City’s first two recruits of the summer transfer window on Saturday, joining for a combined £17.5m from Wolves and Tottenham respectively. They are expected to be the first of many, with the squad to go through a rebuild ahead of the Championship season.

Both players, with 10 caps to their name each, come with a wealth of experience, and Maresca said their off-the-ball qualities that are craved as much as their ability on the pitch. Signing more players who fulfil that brief is the aim for the remainder of the window.

“It’s a good signal from the club,” Maresca said at his first press conference on Monday afternoon. “They are both very important players, not only in terms of quality, but also we are looking for players who can be examples for the young players.

“Conor is one of those guys, even Harry. The idea is to bring in more players with quality, not only on the pitch, but also that can help us build something important. Most of us are worried about what happens tomorrow, but we have to look forward.”

Building a squad is the priority at the moment for Maresca, the new manager looking to put together a group of players who are capable of adapting to his ideas. Before all of those players come in, there will be more sales.

He said: “We all know the targets. The most important thing is to go step by step. Now, it’s to create the right squad with the right players, or at least with players we feel can fit the idea. Then it’s to create something important, then to build. The club deserve something different.

“It’s difficult, when the market is open, anything can happen. At the moment, seven players had their contracts expired, (James) Maddison left, and some more players can leave. But at the same time, if players leave, we can bring in more players.