While Harry Kane is yet to officially confirm where he’ll ply his trade next season, all signs point to the Tottenham talisman staying in north London.
Prior to Spurs securing a Champions League berth and receiving a few assurances — namely financial backing — Conte had no intention of airing his plans for next season. Now that he has, expect Kane to follow suit.
Even prior to hearing the official word from the horse’s mouth, which might not come for weeks, Kane will almost certainly pledge his allegiance to Tottenham for at least another season.
Like Conte, that decision was made for him when Spurs thrashed Norwich on the final day to secure their spot in next season’s Champions League.
Of course Kane’s decision is not wholly predicated on Tottenham being in the Champions League, but that eventuality correlates to numerous other factors in convincing the legend to stay put.
Qualifying for the Champions League most importantly guaranteed Conte’s presence at Tottenham next season, a key part in determining Kane’s immediate future.
Kane knows going elsewhere now means he’ll miss whatever comes next under Conte’s reign at Spurs. And based on what the Italian accomplished in just seven months, who knows how high Spurs could ascend under his leadership.
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If Kane leaves now, it’s a missed opportunity to learn under one of the world’s best managers, somebody who will stop at nothing to achieve success. That heightened level of FOMO wouldn’t sit well with Kane if he parts ways with Spurs. Talk about potential long-term regret.
And then there’s the increased likelihood of new high-profile additions signing at Spurs in the coming months, potentially even earlier according to promising initial signs.
Kane wants to play in the best competitions in the world. Check. He wants to play under one of the best managers in the world. Check. He wants to play at the best ground and training facilities in the world. Check.
He wants to play at an ambitious club with no aversion to spending big on elite players. That’s a pending check. Let’s wait and see how the summer unfolds before coming to any premature conclusions.
He also wants to win trophies and compete alongside the world’s elite players. While Conte is working on those items, both are intrinsically linked to competing in the Champions League. Half check.
There’s also the fact that would-be suitors Manchester City have officially moved on from pursuing Kane, instead opting to sign Erling Haaland as their go-to offensive weapon.
Kane wants to play in the best league in the world, which is, unequivocally, the Premier League.
Now that he can’t do that with City, what other teams does that leave? He wouldn’t dare sign for Chelsea and Liverpool are not interested with the wealth of world-class strikers at their disposal. Manchester United is in tatters, so who does that leave?
He still has the option of going abroad, potentially to Real Madrid, Barcelona or PSG. PSG has Kylian Mbappé, Barcelona is still cash short, leaving Madrid as the only real viable option.
That remains a solid option for Kane, but it feels like a move he’ll make when he’s 30 or 31, after hopefully winning a trophy or two in the top flight and overtaking Alan Shearer as the Premier League’s all-time top scorer.
So for now and at least the next 365 days, Kane will most likely stay at Tottenham and trust in Conte. Based on what we’ve seen since Conte arrived on the scene in November, I’d say that’s not only the clear-cut sentimental choice, but the most logical one too.