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Sheringham predicts huge ‘sliding-doors moment’ with Conte, Kane at Tottenham

Antonio Conte Harry Kane May 2022

Teddy Sheringham believes that a Champions League finish on Sunday will be enough to secure the long-term futures of Tottenham’s Antonio Conte and Harry Kane.

There has been speculation over the future of Italian boss Conte, despite only arriving in November. The team’s inconsistent form has led to talk the former Chelsea boss will quit this summer.

Conte in fact fanned the flames of the speculation after being far from complimentary about Spurs’ January transfer business. He also questioned whether he was the right man for the job in February.

Conte has always maintained he will sit down with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy at the end of the season after branding speculation linking him with the Paris St Germain job as “fake news”.

“At the end of the season we speak with the club but with pleasure, in a really good way. To speak and try to find the best solution for everybody,” said Conte last month.

And Sheringham thinks Levy will do all he can to keep Conte.

Sheringham: I believe in Levy

“I certainly hope so. I’m a big believer in Daniel Levy because he’s gone out and tried to do the best for Tottenham. He went out and got [Jose] Mourinho, he paid for the best, it didn’t quite work out,” he told

“He’s gone out again and he’s got Conte. He’s paying top dollar for the managers to try and make Tottenham better. Why wouldn’t he keep going and back the manager that could get them into Champions League football?”


Kane meanwhile has been very quiet on his long-term plans ever since he pledged his immediate future to the club last summer.

He was wanted by Man City in the summer transfer window in 2021 and Pep Guardiola made two bids for the striker.

Levy though turned down the approaches and Kane eventually said: “I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100 per cent focused on helping the team achieve success.

Whether the England man will be looking to move this time around is unclear, but he remains under contract until 2024.

Conte’s target for 2023

And Sheringham thinks Champions League football will be enough to keep their talisman. And that will come down to winning their final Premier League game at Norwich.

“Yes I think it should do if all goes according to plan,” said Sheringham. “It has been a rollercoaster season for Tottenham. Them and Arsenal have been edging in front and then blowing their chances. I’d like to think Tottenham will get over the line at the weekend.

“With new managers to the job you get more funds, you can attract bigger and better players. I think it could be a big sliding-doors moment for Tottenham if they do get over the line on Sunday. And that means signing Harry Kane again or making sure he’s happy. Obviously keeping Conte, he’s the main one because he’s the one pulling all the strings.”

The former Spurs striker was also asked what the target for Conte would be next season.

“As long as they can keep improving, I think it’s great,” he replied. “They’ll hopefully get fourth on Sunday and then next season if you can get above Chelsea and get that consistency,” he explained.

“I think they are a little bit away off the Liverpool and Man City styles, where they are ending up and how far they are away. If you can pip Chelsea and keep maintaining the consistency and getting better then that’s all well and good for Conte and Tottenham next season.”