Harry Kane is expecting “conversations over the coming months” to address the chances of him extending his contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
Kane is the man of the moment once again after equalling Jimmy Greaves’ record as Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer. His 266th goal for the club came in his 415th appearance for them on Monday, earning a 1-0 win over Fulham.
It is only a matter of time before Kane overtakes Greaves to claim the record for himself outright. But how much he will extend it by is up for question due to his contract situation.
Kane is due to be out of contract in 2024. Therefore, Tottenham need to renew his deal as a matter of urgency. If not, they will likely receive offers for him this summer.
Tottenham would obviously be distraught to lose their best player to a Premier League rival. Therefore, it is up to them to convince Kane to stay on a new contract.
But there has been little progress on that front so far. Having failed to win a major trophy up to this point of his career, the world-class striker may want to consider where he will have the best chance of changing that.
Some believe he will consequently have to give serious consideration to the idea of leaving Tottenham on a permanent basis for the first time in his career.
Only time will tell what the future holds for Kane. But he has now given an indication that he is happy to speak to Spurs about his future and wants to help end their trophy drought.
“There’s not been much talk if I’m totally honest,” he told the Evening Standard.
“I’m sure they’ll be conversations over the coming months but to be honest I’m just focussed on this season and doing my best for the team.
“There’s still a lot to play for: trying to get in the Champions League, we have the FA Cup and the Champions League still to try to win. My focus is on that.
“I know there’s going to be rumours, a lot of talk and speculation about my future but I’m just focussed on what I can do.
“Of course I still want to win trophies for Tottenham Hotspur. That’s been my goal since I started playing first-team football with them. It hasn’t happened. I’ve been open about [how I feel about] that but I’ll continue to try to achieve that.
“We have a really good squad, a fantastic manager and there’s no reason why we still can’t be successful this season. We’ve just got to put everything we can into it and see where we are come May.”
Harry Kane comments on Conte future
Some believe Kane’s future might be partially intertwined with that of head coach, Antonio Conte.
The Italian tactician is out of contract even earlier, at the end of the current season. There are serious doubts as to whether he will commit to the club.
Conte may have concerns about Tottenham’s ambition in the transfer market. Regardless, he has had some difficult personal issues to deal with in recent weeks after the deaths of Gian Piero Ventrone, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Gianluca Vialli.
Therefore, Kane doesn’t think it is fair to speak about Conte’s situation. Yet the number 10 would be delighted if the former Italy boss was to stick around.
“I’m not going talk about the manager’s future,” Harry Kane said. “That’s down to him.
“I’m sure he’ll have conversations with the club and assess where we are as a team. He’s had a lot going on, on and off the pitch, so he probably needs time to assess it all.
“From my point of view, I really enjoy working with him and it would be fantastic if he did stay.
“It’s always tough [to see Conte suffering] because the manager is the leader and the boss, the one everyone looks up to. Of course we know he’s been going through a tough time outside of football and it’s not been helped by some of the results we’ve had either.
“As players we take responsibility for that. It’s about digging deep and sticking together. Through tough times you find out who you really are and the last couple of weeks have been difficult.
“But we bounced back last night with a good win and we’re going to need more of that if we’re going to be where we want to be at the end of the season.”
After their win over Fulham, Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League table. They are three points off the Champions League places, but all the sides currently occupying them have played fewer games.