Harry Kane confirms contract talks in the ‘coming months’ with assurances sought
arry Kane expects to open contract talks with Tottenham in “the coming months” but has played down the chances of agreeing a new deal before the end of the season after equalling Jimmy Greaves’ scoring record last night.
Kane’s 266th Spurs goal took him level with Greaves as the club’s all-time top scorer and earned Antonio Conte’s side a much-needed 1-0 win at Fulham.
As reported by Standard Sport on Monday, Kane, who has entered the final 18 months of his contract, is open to holding talks with the club after the transfer window and could extend his deal, provided circumstances are favourable.
The 29-year-old says he still wants to win trophies with his boyhood club and believes this season can still be a success, despite their faltering form.
Asked by Standard Sport for an update on his contract, Kane said: “There’s not been much talk if I’m totally honest.
“I’m sure they’ll be conversations over the coming months but to be honest I’m just focussed 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’s going to be rumours, a lot of talk and speculation about my future but I’m just focussed on what I can do.
“Of course I still want to win trophies for Tottenham Hotspur. That’s been my goal since I started playing first-team football with them. It hasn’t happened. I’ve been open about [how I feel 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.”
Spurs will be reluctant to allow Kane to enter the final 12 months of his contract, which would raise the possibility of him walking away for nothing in summer 2024.
Kane has consistently said he is open to staying at Spurs provided they are progressing and competing for trophies, and he is likely to want assurances that the club remains upwardly mobile and ambitious before extending his deal.
“There’s still a lot of games to play in the Premier League, we have an important FA Cup game at the weekend [at Preston] and the Champions League starts again in February,” he said. “In football, things can turn around really quick and all of sudden you can be right in amongst two competitions and fighting for Champions League spots.
“Look at where we were last year and we managed to get in the Champions League. Anything’s possible still. Nights like last night will definitely help but it’s about how we build on this now, and that starts with the FA Cup at the weekend.”
Conte is still refusing to commit to Spurs beyond the end of the season, when his own contract is up. The Italian has lost three close friends this year in Gian Piero Ventrone, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Gianluca Vialli, leaving him questioning his own future, and Kane says he will not put pressure on the head coach to stay.
“I’m not going talk about the manager’s future,” Kane said. “That’s down to him. I’m sure he’ll have conversations with the club and assess where we are as a team. 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.
“It’s always tough [to see Conte suffering] because the manager is the leader and the boss, the one everyone looks up to. Of course 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 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 last night 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.”