Harry Kane has told clubs wanting to snare Tottenham’s top talents that there are few more attractive clubs in the world right now than Spurs.
Spurs bid a dream farewell to White Hart Lane after 118 years on Sunday, with the 2-1 win against Manchester United seeing them end the season unbeaten on home soil and rubber stamp second spot in the Premier League.
Finishing runners-up represents Tottenham’s best league finish since 1963, with the progress and promise of Mauricio Pochettino’s side matched by that off the field as their new stadium takes shape.
However, such positivity is tempered by speculation about the vultures circling overhead.
The likes of Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Kane himself have all been linked with moves to Manchester City and, or Manchester United in recent weeks.
But while many of their key players have been attracting admiring glances, Kane is unmoved by such talk given Spurs’ trajectory makes them as attractive as almost anyone.
“We’re a family on and off the pitch,” Tottenham’s last goalscorer at White Hart Lane said.
“We work so hard as a group and the staff, the manager and, look, there’s not many better teams to be at around the world at the moment.
“We’ve got a very bright future, a great squad, a team that’s hungry to win and to learn and to get better.
“Of course there’s going to be rumours over the summer, but I think I’d be very surprised if most of us ain’t still here next season.”
That bond has been clear throughout the season, with the Lane finale only underlining the link that extends to fans and club greats.
Kane called beating United and subsequent farewell ceremony the “perfect send-off”, culminating with cherished moments with his girlfriend and their young child alongside team-mates and their families.
“Everyone just has a special connection here,” Kane said, having admitted to claiming a picture of him and Hugo Lloris from the dressing room.
“The club legends that have gone past and walked out today, and the team we have got now and the staff and the manager.
“It’s a special bond and I don’t think you always get that at clubs, that’s why we’ve got to hold onto that, make that motivate us to hopefully be out there next year at Wembley lifting a Premier League together.
“That’s got to be the next step, lifting the trophy and having celebrations like that but with a title or a cup.
“That’s got to be our aim and we’ve got to use this as motivation to get there.”
That motivation coupled with belief and no little talent makes Kane certain they will avoid Wembley strife next term.