It is possible that Harry Kane has made up his mind and is leaving Tottenham Hotspur no matter who comes through the door. That said, it is also quite possible that Antonio Conte – or whomever the new coach is – will have an opportunity to convince Kane that his future really is at Tottenham Hotspur.
Keeping Kane Conte’s first job at Tottenham
Without a doubt, whether Conte, Pochettino, or Potter – preferably Conte – job number one is working on Harry Kane. What the team does not want is Harry Kane playing as a hostage, as that would not be good for anyone. If Harry Kane is to stay at Tottenham it needs to be because he wants to stay not because he has no choice.
Clearly, Tottenham has the power in the situation with Kane under contract, however, this is not about a power situation, it is about promises. It is rumored that Levy convinced Kane to stay one more season last season and said he could leave before next season.
We can imagine it now, with Levy saying, “It will only be one more season and then we will make enough from the harvest for some new droids and then you can submit your application to the academy, Luke, I mean Harry.” As Mourinho walks in he asks where are you going with Kane storming out, he says, “apparently nowhere”.
Harry Kane needs to hear from Coach Conte directly
Well if that conversation has already occurred between Kane and Levy, it is only Conte and the vision for this new team he is developing that can keep Harry Kane.
England’s captain needs to know what the plan is for him and how Conte plans to use him. Kane needs to know what the plan is around him and how he plans to get the most out of the talent there and what talent they want to go after.
Kane needs to hear these things from Conte himself because at this point Levy is just not enough. We have already heard City blast their intentions to the world, now Conte needs to tell Kane the plan and get him on board.
Even then, even if it is Conte, and a director of football, and the promise of big-spending on Conte’s targets, it still may not be enough. If that ends up being the case, Levy and the company need to let Harry Kane go and let the new football leadership team invest the money wisely, along with whatever war chest they were going to receive.
At this point, it may indeed be a foregone conclusion with Kane but if anyone can get him to stay, it will be Conte and that is certainly his first task.