Harry Kane hails Tottenham’s move for ‘fantastic’ Antonio Conte and urges his team ‘to take it in and do more’ to kick-start their season in a sign the Spurs captain sees a future at the club
- Tottenham’s Antonio Conte era began with a gritty 3-2 win over Vitesse
- Captain Harry Kane has since expressed his delight at Conte’s arrival
- He has urged his team-mates to make the most of working with such a coach
Harry Kane has thrown his weight behind new boss Antonio Conte’s regime at Tottenham.
Conte’s reign got off to a winning start on Thursday night as Spurs defeated Vitesse Arnhem 3-2 in the Conference League during a chaotic night that also saw three players sent off.
Kane tried to leave Tottenham in the summer having grown disillusioned with the club’s ambition.
Harry Kane has outlined his delight at Tottenham appointing Antonio Conte as manager
Kane has urged his team-mates to soak up Conte’s knowledge and ‘do more’ to improve
But Sportsmail revealed this week that the arrival of Conte as sacked Nuno Espirito Santo’s successor has come as a major boost to Kane, providing some hope the England captain could yet have a long-term future at the club.
And in a further sign of encouragement, Kane has spoken glowingly of Conte’s appointment, saying: ‘It shows great ambition to be honest. His resume speaks for itself, everyone knows how highly thought of he is and what he has done as a manager in the game.
‘You have to respect that. He will work as hard as he can to improve us as players but it is about us as players, taking it in, learning, doing more on the pitch, doing more in training, doing more away from training — whether it is recovery or anything like that.
‘We have a manager and a club that believe in us and the disappointment definitely shows that.
‘It has only been three days but he is a fantastic manager. We haven’t reached the standards we have wanted to over the last couple of years, but we hope that this manager can help us turn it around.
‘But it’s about us and how we take it in because he has done it, he has nothing to prove. He has done it on the biggest stage with the biggest teams so he will give us everything he has to improve us and now it is down to us as players to have no excuses.
‘He definitely brings a lot of passion, a lot of determination, whether that’s on the training pitch or in meetings, in the dressing room.’
Kane has had a difficult start to the season, scoring just once in the Premier League.
Kane’s remarks about Conte could suggest he sees a long-term future with Tottenham
Conte’s Tottenham tenure began with a gritty 3-2 win over Vitesse in the Conference League
But the England captain insists he is not overly concerned by his form, adding: ‘I am a player that always believes in myself and always believes in my ability.
‘I am 28 years old, I have still got a lot to learn, a lot to improve on. It’s not been the start I wanted, the team wanted or the club wanted so we all know that.
‘We all have to take responsibility for that as players. It is not something I am worried about, I will keep working and I am really excited about working with this manager.
‘I am sure he can improve me and that is an exciting thing. When you have done what I have done in the game so far and still feel like there is more to come, that is definitely exciting so I am looking forward to it.’
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