Antonio Conte has claimed that he and everyone else at Tottenham would love to see Harry Kane sign a new contract, adding that the striker is happy with the direction the club are going in.
A year can be a long time in football and that is certainly the case with Kane, who was pushing to join Manchester City last summer.
The striker did not get the move he wanted 12 months ago and looked completely out of sorts in the first few months of the 2021/22 season.
However, the 29-year-old has been on fire at the start of this campaign, having found the back of the net four times in the first four Premier League games.
Kane now has less than two years left to run on his deal, and Conte said that while he considers the striker to be central to his project, it is for the player and the club to decide on a contract extension.
The Italian told Football.London: “My opinion is only one of a million opinions.
“To force the club, to tell the club ‘sign a new contract for Harry Kane’ because we are talking about a world-class striker and a player who in this moment is the most representative player for Tottenham, no?
“For sure I would like him to sign a new contract. In this moment, for me, it is very important to see him happy, and totally involved with this season, this project and in what we are doing. For me, this is the most important. Then it’s a decision that the player and the club have to take.”
When asked if now is the perfect time for the striker to commit his future to the club, given the direction Spurs are headed, Conte responded: “Yeah, the perfect time but you know very well that you create the perfect time with a project.
“If also the player understands that there is a right process, that everybody is going in the same direction, I think every single player wants to see this.
“And I think that Harry for sure is happy because he is seeing this type of situation. There is a vision, there is a direction and there is a unity to try to improve the team to be the team at the level of his expectations.”
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I would expect Spurs to start talks over a new deal with Kane’s entourage sooner rather than later. From the 28-year-old’s body language, he certainly appears to be enjoying his football at the moment.
However, I would not be surprised if the striker wanted to wait until after the World Cup, to see how this season pans out for Spurs, before making a final decision on whether to put pen to paper on a new deal.
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