Antonio Conte recognizes Harry Kane’s annoyance at Tottenham’s lack of trophies but states the striker is central to the club’s future.
Kane indicated his wish to leave Tottenham for Manchester City in the summer prior opting to stay, and Conte stated he has been “totally satisfied” with his commitment to the team, who face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday.
He said it was a “great choice” by owner Daniel Levy to keep Kane at the club, who last triumphed a trophy in 2008 when they lifted the League Cup.
“I knew the situation in the summer and, when Harry decided to stay in Tottenham, I found a player totally involved in this project … if we want to think to build something to win, Harry must be a starting point,” Conte stated.
“I understand Harry’s situation. When you finish your career, you can see your appearances and the teams you made them for but, at the same time, it is right to see what you have won. This is important, especially for the top, top players.”
“I think that when Tottenham brought me here they wanted to send a signal outside, and maybe also to our players … We have to try to build a situation where we are all involved and to try to create a situation that we can be competitive to try to win.”
Following a slow start to the season, Kane has retrieved some form and has stroked three goals in Spurs’ last four Premier League games.