Antonio Conte has been speaking to the press ahead of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures, and when asked about Harry Kane’s future at Tottenham Hotspur, the Italian manager claimed that is not something he has control over.
Kane is enjoying a terrific campaign on a personal level this season, with 22 goals to his name already, 20 of those coming in the Premier League (Transfermarkt). He also recently broke Jimmy Greaves’ long-standing record to become Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer (Goal).
However, Spurs have been frustratingly inconsistent this season and are set to end the campaign without any silverware yet again. For all his individual accolades, Kane is still yet to win a trophy with Spurs.
The North London club are sitting in fourth place in the Premier League, and Champions League qualification is the main driving force for the remainder of the season.
However, the future of Kane remains in the balance. With his current contract set to end in the summer of 2024, there is growing speculation that Manchester United could make a move for the 29-year-old (Manchester Evening News).
It remains to be seen whether Kane will sign a new contract with Spurs, but Conte insists he has not played an active role in discussions to keep the player.
He told Football.London: “But I think that this is a question for the club because for sure the club wants to involve Harry Kane for the rest of his career in my opinion, for when you have a world class striker like him you want him to stay for the rest of his career.”
“But then you know football and sometimes it’s unpredictable but you have it’s not in my role to make a decision. This is a decision for the club and for Harry,” Conte added.
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I can’t imagine Conte being the kind of manager who would engage in these situations very often anyway, especially given the uncertainty around his own future at the club.
While Conte being at the club will probably help Kane make up his mind, it won’t be the be-all-and-end-all for Kane, who needs to make the decision based on his own motivations.
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