Harry Kane is reportedly on the brink of signing a lucrative new contract at Tottenham, with Fabio Paratici playing a key role in the striker’s decision to stay put.
The England skipper spent the whole of last summer longing for a switch to Manchester City. However, Daniel Levy priced Kane out of a move to The Etihad, with the striker only really kicking back into gear once Antonio Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in north London.
The 29-year-old ended up scoring 27 times and adding 10 assists in all competitions as Tottenham finished fourth.
But Kane, who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich next summer, has looked sharp in the build-up to the new campaign, and a new deal is firmly in the pipeline.
His current contract, which is worth £200,000-a-week, runs out in the summer of 2024 but a new one is close.
The Daily Telegraph reports that sporting director Paratici’s work since arriving at Spurs is one of the major factors in convincing Kane to stay.
There are no details of how the new contract will look. But it’s sure to include a bumper pay rise and will add at least two years to his existing one.
The forward missed failed to get on the scoresheet in the opening win against Southampton. But Conte believes Kane committing his future to the club will set down a marker to his teammates.
Kane setting the example at Tottenham
The Spurs boss told Football.London: “Harry, I see him very happy, totally involved with this project, in this process with the team and with the club.
“This is very important because you know very well the importance of this player for the teammates, for the fans, for the club, for me and for my staff.
“I like to see him in this way with this desire, this will to work strongly. I think he is the first player that is understanding that we are going in the right way. Then for sure, I would like in this season to have the best satisfaction with my players.
“I think that we needed to be ambitious because ambition is important if this ambition is positive, not presumptuous or arrogant. This ambition has to bring us to give 120 per cent of our capacity.
“The will and desire to improve ourselves, and to try to do something important for the club, for ourselves, for the fans, but for me the best target this season will be to be better than the last season. If we do this, I think we can be competitive until the end.”
Kane will be looking to open his account for the new campaign at Chelsea on Sunday.
Tottenham have a terrible Premier League record at Stamford Bridge. However, a win in west London would certainly go some way to proving claims from may pundits that they could be Manchester City and Liverpool’s closest rivals this term.