Harry Kane, the captain of Tottenham Hotspur, has broken his silence following the sacking of manager Antonio Conte.
After the win against Brighton, Kane expressed well wishes for Conte’s future endeavors, acknowledging the positive relationship he had with the Italian coach.
However, he did not delve into the specifics of Conte’s comments about the team’s performance during their recent draw against Southampton.
Kane’s comments come amid uncertainty about his own future at the club. With reports linking him to clubs such as Manchester United and Bayern Munich, and his contract set to expire in 2024, Kane’s future at Tottenham remains unclear. Some sources had previously suggested that Kane was waiting to see if Conte would sign a new contract before committing to his own extension, indicating the good relationship between the manager and the star striker.
He said (via TeamTalk):
“Obviously I wish Antonio all the best.”
“I had a great relationship with him and it was just unfortunate that for one reason or another it didn’t quite work.
“I wish him luck in his next adventure and in the meantime we’ll continue to fight with Cristian, Ryan [Mason, acting assistant head coach] and the staff and try and achieve what we set out to.
“I’m not going to get into [what Conte said]. It was an emotional moment after we should have won the game and to concede two goals in the way we did, we were all disappointed.
“He’s a great man, his emotions come out at times and that’s who he is and he owns that. Us players we talk amongst ourselves [about the need] to keep fighting and keep improving. We know that Southampton game, we know the Everton game last week we need to do better in those moments when we’re leading. Overall, all we can do is keep trying to fight and that’s what we’ll do.”
Conte’s departure from Tottenham was marked by his public criticism of the players, accusing them of selfishness and questioning their commitment to the club.
This, along with differences in transfer policy and clashes with some players, are believed to have contributed to his dismissal. Reports suggest that Conte was pushing for signings of established, world-class players, while the club’s policy was focused on developing young talent.
Kane, who has been a key player for Tottenham for many years, emphasized the need for the team to continue fighting and improving under the current circumstances. However, with the situation at the club being described as unstable, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kane consider a move elsewhere in search of silverware, particularly as he approaches his 30s.
As the summer transfer window approaches, all eyes will be on Kane’s next move and how Tottenham plans to address the managerial vacancy left by Conte’s departure.
The team will need to make strategic decisions to rebuild and regain stability, while Kane’s future remains a topic of speculation for fans and football pundits alike.