Tottenham Hotspur are planning to offer Harry Kane a new contract in the summer, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano (via Last Word on Spurs).
Last summer, Kane was involved in one of the biggest transfer stories of the window. Manchester City wanted to bring the three-time Premier League Golden Boot winner to the Etihad Stadium, but Spurs would not budge on their reported £150 million valuation.
The Englishman was seemingly disappointed not to get his move to the title holders. He was absent from training in August, appearing to go on strike in an attempt to force the move through.
But, after a slow start to the season, Kane is starting to look back to his best. His brace against relegation-threatened Everton took his tally to nine goals since the turn of the year in all competitions.
In addition, this was his 176th goal in the Premier League, taking him above the great Thierry Henry in the league’s all-time goal charts.
According to Fabrizio Romano, via Last Word on Spurs, Tottenham are aiming to qualify for the Champions League, then offer Kane a new contract. His current deal expires in 2024, leaving him potentially available on the cheap in a year or so.
The Lilywhites are currently three points off the top four with 12 games remaining. Bitter rivals Arsenal occupy the final Champions League spot, and they have played a game fewer.
Nonetheless, recent results will have been encouraging to Antonio Conte’s men. They have won three of their last four league outings, comfortably seeing off Leeds United and Everton and picking up an unlikely win away at table-toppers Man City.
Whether a Champions League place will be enough to keep Kane at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium remains to be seen.
A lot is made of the 28-year-old’s lack of silverware in his career, with the player himself detailing his desire to win the biggest trophies.
However, the arrival of Conte to north London looks like a step in the right direction. Kane is a big admirer of the Italian, and the two reportedly have a great relationship.
“Conte is a fantastic coach – I feel like I’m in a great place – Antonio has definitely given me more strings to my bow,” Kane said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.
“I’m always someone who tries to improve. But for sure, I’m in a good place and we want to play Champions League.”
Tottenham’s last trophy came over a decade ago when they defeated Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final. Since then, they have reached three League Cup finals, a Champions League final, and finished second in the Premier League once.
In Conte, they have one of the most decorated managers of the modern era. The 52-year-old has won six league titles in his managerial career, including a Premier League with Chelsea in 2017 and a Serie A title with Inter Milan last season.
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