Monday 16 July 2018

Harry Kane happy to stay at Tottenham - but only if they start winning trophies

Tottenham's Harry Kane
Tottenham's Harry Kane

Tom Allnutt

Harry Kane insists he is happy at Tottenham as long as the club starts winning trophies.

Kane has also denied he is in talks with Spurs over an extension to his contract, which is worth more than £100,000 a week and expires in 2022.

Doubts surrounding the striker's future have resurfaced after Mauricio Pochettino admitted Kane could not be forced to stay if he decides to leave his boyhood team.

After scoring twice in Tottenham's 3-0 FA Cup win over Wimbledon on Sunday, Kane was asked what the club needs to do to secure his long-term future.

"I've always said, just keep progressing, keep getting better," Kane said.

"We want to start winning trophies so that's the aim. As long as the club keeps doing that then I'm happy here."

With Philippe Coutinho set to join Barcelona from Liverpool, Pochettino was asked whether Kane could prove a one-off when it comes to players leaving for the world's top clubs.

Pochettino said: "The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here."

Kane was asked more generally about players now having the power to dictate their own futures.

"If a player wants to go then why would you stop him?" Kane said.

He's not going to be in the club, he's not going to want to play every game, he's not going to put his heart on the line."

Tottenham are reportedly preparing a new deal for Kane worth £200,000 a week but the striker was not aware of any planned negotiations. "Not that I know of," Kane said.

The 24-year-old proved his worth again at Wembley by breaching a disciplined Wimbledon defence twice in two second-half minutes, before Jan Vertonghen added a third with a sensational long-range strike.

With Manchester City almost uncatchable now in the Premier League, the FA Cup would seem to represent Tottenham's best chance of winning their first major trophy since 2008.

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"I think this year, especially with the league kind of being out of contention - of course we want to finish in the top four - but it's a chance for us to win a competition," Kane said.

"Yeah, obviously City running away with it makes...we want to win a trophy somehow and this is a competition we're looking at to do that."

Kane was a surprise starter against Wimbledon but the forward now has six days to recover for Saturday's Premier League game at home to Everton.

"The gaffer asked me yesterday - well, he didn't ask me, he said 'how do you feel?' and I said 'good' and he said 'you're going to play tomorrow'," Kane said.

"It's good. Being ill for the first couple of games [last week], it's good to get a bit of fitness back and just get back into the swing of it, and obviously great to get two goals."

Wimbledon will resume their relegation fight in League One on Saturday away to bitter rivals MK Dons.

"Even at the end, some of the Spurs fans were clapping us off," Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley said. "It would have been nice to have got a goal, but I think we did the club proud."

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