Antonio Conte is convinced Harry Kane is happy at Tottenham and believes the club are on the right track to persuade him to sign a contract extension.
Striker Kane, who has less than two years left on his current contract, has started the new Premier League season with a big hit, scoring four goals in the most number of matches to help Spurs take 10 points out of a potential 12.
The situation is in stark contrast to 12 months ago when the England captain was unsettled and made a slow start to the 2021/22 season after a failed move to Manchester City.
And head coach Conte, who replaced the sacked Nuno Espirito Santo in early November, feels Spurs are on an upward curve and are working hard to meet Kane’s expectations.
“You know very well that you are creating the perfect time (for a contract extension) with a project,” said the Italian. “If the player also understands that there is a right process, and that everyone is going in the same direction, I think every player wants to see that.
“I think Harry is definitely happy because he sees this kind of situation. There is a vision, there is direction and there is unity to try to improve the team and also to improve the team up to their expectations.”
Conte: Kane and the club must decide on a new deal
Conte insists he is not aware of specific details about a potential new deal for Kane or involved in any potential negotiations.
With Wednesday night’s West Ham derby announced to start two games in the week leading up to the World Cup, the Italian is more focused on keeping the 29-year-old Kane’s content and short-term commitment in place.
“My opinion is only one in a million,” he said. “We are talking about a world-class striker and a player who at the moment is the most representative player for Tottenham. I would definitely like him to sign a new contract.
“But at the moment, for me, it is very important to see him happy, fully engaged in this season, fully engaged in this project and in what we are doing. For me, that is the most important.
Then it’s a decision that the player and the club have to make.”
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