Harry Kane has dropped the strongest hint yet that he’s likely to stay at Tottenham into next season and beyond having given Antonio Conte a massive pat on the back.
The England skipper pushed hard to depart Spurs last summer, having made clear his ambitions of winning a trophy. And that saw Manchester City make two huge offers for his signature; bids that the uncompromising Daniel Levy quickly waved away. And with City failing to meet Tottenham’s £150m asking price, Kane then pledged his future to Spurs.
That decision, while very much benefiting Spurs, did not look a wise one if the early days of Nuno Espirito Santo’s reign were anything to go by.
However, Tottenham quickly made the decision to dispense of the Portuguese’s services, bringing in the much-acclaimed Conte instead.
The Italian has quickly orchestrated major improvements at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. And as we head into the last week of the season, Spurs find themselves in with a genuine chance of finishing fourth.
Challengers Arsenal, however, do have a crucial match in hand. That sees them taking on Newcastle on Monday, with Mikel Arteta possibly having to field an unorthodox centre-half pairing at St James’ Park.
Regardless of whether they finish in the top four or not, Kane has seen enough progress under Conte to suggest it’s worth sticking around.
Kane admits he’s a big fan of the Italian and suggests he’s not planning a repeat of last summer’s transfer saga.
Conte himself has refused to commit himself to Tottenham beyond this season.
But in giving him a ringing endorsement, Kane has told the Evening Standard why he very much enjoys playing for him.
Kane unsure on Conte future
“There is still a lot of work to do,” Kane said. “I think the improvement has definitely been there since the gaffer came in to where we are now. It shows it can be done in a short space of time, but obviously we will see what happens over the summer.
“Hopefully we can look forward to the next season with a great manager. Hopefully we’ve learnt a lot since he’s been here.
“I have no idea [about Conte’s future] to be honest, that is his decision,” Kane added. “But he has worked really hard while he has been here, he’s a great guy.
“[Conte] is a really passionate man so whatever his decision is you have to respect it. But for sure I am enjoying it and I know the boys are enjoying working with him.
“I have said I am a big fan of his and we get on really well so of course it would be great for the club if he stays. But like I have said that is his decision, he’s his own man, and I’m sure he will talk to the club and decide on his future. From our point of view we are all enjoying working with him.
“We had some good times with Jose [Mourinho], we were top of the league for the first few months of the season.
“We have had spells where we were really good but it is about doing that on a consistent basis over a whole season. [That needs to be] in all competitions, and not just in the Premier League. That is where we have got to get better and learn from. And, for sure, the last few months have been a big improvement.”
Harry Kane has missed his transfer chance
Happily for Tottenham (though perhaps sadly for Kane), the player now looks to have missed his transfer chance.
That best chance to leave was surely last summer when City came calling.
Pep Guardiola and Co, however, have since moved on, closing in on an agreement for Erling Haaland.
And with very few clubs out there for Kane to sign for, he now appears destined to stay in N17.
While that is great news for Tottenham Hotspur, Kane will surely hope his loyalty is one day rewarded with a trophy.
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Hopefully, he will at least be afforded a shot at the Champions League again next season. It’s a competition he certainly deserves to grace.
Spurs too have shown themselves capable of mixing with the best, beating Manchester City twice and holding Liverpool to two draws.
But they will need to find most consistency next season if they are to finally end their tropbhy curse. Defeats twice to Manchester United and away at Burnley have shown how they do lack focus at crucial moments.