Antonio Conte is confident Harry Kane will STAY at Tottenham if his team qualify for the Champions League next season, with Real Madrid monitoring his situation, while Spurs look to fend off Newcastle and Liverpool in the top four race.
- Harry Kane weighs his future at Spurs after another trophyless season
- But Antonio Conte is confident he will stay if Tottenham break into the top four.
- The forward will only have one year left on his contract at the end of the season
Antonio Conte is confident that a top-four finish will convince Harry Kane to stay at Tottenham for the rest of his career.
England captain Kane, who turns 30 in July, will have just one season left on his current contract when the 2022-23 campaign concludes.
Conte urged Spurs to lock up their talisman striker in August, but Kane revealed in January that “there hadn’t been much talk.”
There will be no shortage of clubs ready to swoop in, but Conte hinted that another Champions League shot might persuade Kane to stay. The Spurs start today in bottom club Southampton, four points ahead of Newcastle, which has a game pending.
“Finishing in the top four could be very important for everyone, first of all for the club and for the players, the coach and the fans,” Conte said.
Antonio Conte is confident Harry Kane (pictured) will stay if Tottenham finish in the top four
The striker weighs his future after another trophyless year under Conte (pictured)
I’m sure that if you finish in the top four, many, many situations are easier because you know we’re going to play in the Champions League. The best players and the best clubs want to play in these competitions.
‘We have this idea, but other clubs have the same idea. We’ll see what happens.’
Conte’s own future is yet to be resolved, as the Italian is out of contract at the end of the season.
It would not be surprising if the former Chelsea manager went ahead and admitted that he has been a failure so far, failing to end a Tottenham trophy drought dating back to 2008.
“After a year and a half we have improved many aspects, but sometimes along this path I think we have failed,” he said.
‘We failed because we weren’t prepared to deal with the right pressure and stress.
The England captain will only have one year left on his contract at the end of the campaign.
Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann (left) and Manchester United’s Erik ten Hag (right) are interested in signing the forward from Spurs this summer as they look to bolster their attacks.
“I understand that the fans are frustrated that this season was not a good one to lift a trophy, but I can tell you that we are working very hard to make them proud and try to be ready to lift trophies.”
‘During your career, failure is part of the job. The most important thing is to work hard to try to avoid failure.
‘Sometimes failure pushes you to be stronger and better.
‘For great coaches, the expectation is to lift a trophy: the same thing happens to me here, and if we don’t lift a trophy, the first responsibility falls on the coach. I know the expectations I have of myself are really high.’