Harry Kane reveals he is yet to speak to Tottenham about extending his contract beyond 2024… as the England striker insists he is focused on winning a trophy with his boyhood club amid uncertainty surrounding his future
- Harry Kane is reportedly open to signing a new deal at Tottenham beyond 2024
- However, he has revealed that he is yet to speak to the club about an extension
- Kane became Tottenham’s joint all-time top scorer on Monday night
Harry Kane is expecting to have contract talks with Tottenham over the coming months but remains focused on nothing more than trying to win his first trophy for the club.
Kane secured his iconic status in North London with his 266th Spurs goal on Monday, the only goal of the game at Fulham to haul him level with the great Jimmy Greaves as the club’s record scorer.
It also fuelled fears of where they might be without the prolific 29-year-old up front because his contract expires next year and, he revealed, no talks about a new one.
Harry Kane scored the winning goal against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Monday night
‘There’s not been much talk if I’m totally honest,’ said Kane. ‘I’m sure there’ll be conversations over the coming months but to be honest I’m just focused on this season and doing my best for the team.
‘There’s still a lot to play for, trying to get in the Champions League, we have the FA Cup and the Champions League still to try to win. My focus is on that. I know there are going to be rumours, a lot of talk and speculation about my future but I’m just focused on what I can do.’
The speculation is rooted in the summer of 2021 when Kane was keen to leave for Manchester City, where he thought he had more chance of fulfilling his ambitions to win major trophies.
Back then, there were three years remaining on his contract, and chairman Daniel Levy was determined to keep his star man but the landscape will be drastically different at the end of this season, especially if Spurs are still waiting for their first trophy since the League Cup win in 2008.
Kane has insisted that he is focused on finishing the season strongly and trying to win a trophy at Tottenham
‘Of course, I still want to win trophies for Tottenham Hotspur,’ said Kane, after the win at Fulham. ‘That’s been my goal since I started playing first team football with them. It hasn’t happened. I’ve been open about that but I’ll continue to try to achieve that.
‘We have a really good squad, a fantastic manager and there’s no reason why we still can’t be successful this season. We’ve just got to put everything we can into it and see where we are come May or June.’
Spurs face Preston in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday and AC Milan in the last-16 of the Champions League, next month, but Kane’s future is going to be a hot topic in the weeks ahead.
Manchester United considering a move for the England captain and there is long-standing interest from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, which will test his loyalty, especially if the long wait for silverware continues and if boss Antonio Conte leaves when his contract expires in June.
‘I’m not going talk about the manager’s future,’ said Kane. ‘That’s down to him. I’m sure he’ll have conversations with the club and assess where we are as a team.
Kane has been linked with a summer move to join Erik ten Hag at Manchester United
‘He’s had a lot going on, on and off the pitch, so he probably needs time to assess it all. From my point of view, I really enjoy working with him and it would be fantastic if he did stay.’
Conte failed to strike a deal to extend his Tottenham contract during the break for the World Cup and has made clear his concerns about the club’s ambition and ability to compete with the big spenders at the top of the Premier League.
There are also personal issues in play with Conte. Three of his close footballing friends have passed away this year. And his wife and daughter are still living in Italy. It has been a difficult season on a personal level and he admits has given him cause to reflect.
‘The manager is the leader and the boss, the one everyone looks up to,’ said Kane. ‘We know he’s been going through a tough time outside of football and it’s not been helped by some of the results we’ve had on the pitch either.
‘As players we take responsibility for that. It’s about digging deep and sticking together. Through tough times, you find out who you really are and the last couple of weeks have been difficult but we bounced back with a good win and we’re going to need more of that if we’re going to be where we want to be at the end of the season.’
Kane has called for his team-mates to stick together in the second half of the season
Kane believes the Tottenham squad still look up to Antonio Conte, despite speculation over the Italian coach’s future
The win at Fulham came after defeats at home to Arsenal and at Manchester City, and Conte was thrilled with the clean sheet and defensively solidity on display at Craven Cottage.
He called his players together for a team meeting to demand they get back to basics after a sequence of conceding too many goals, including four in the second half at City, and show him more of the fighting spirit they forged at the end of last season.
‘We have meetings every week,’ said Kane. ‘It was more just talking amongst all of us and voicing our opinions on getting back to keeping clean sheets, being strong, compact, fighting, digging deep.
‘There’s going to be times when 1-0 is enough. I think especially coming off the back of being 2-0 up against City and not being able to see that through. When we look back at when we’ve been at our best last year and this year, it’s when we’ve been compact and hard to break down.
‘All fighting together, the clean sheets, grinding out those 1-0 wins, winning fouls at the end. We’re playing in a tough league so it’s about doing what we can. We don’t have to win every game two or three nil. One-nil is enough.’
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