Harry Kane: Tottenham DOES NOT need Champions League football to keep its star striker, says Ryan Mason
Tottenham DOES NOT need Champions League football to keep Harry Kane at the club, interim boss Ryan Mason insists, saying he will not hold talks with the forward about his future, despite the suggestion he could leave this summer.
- Spurs boss Ryan Mason believes Harry Kane can stay with the club
- He believes that Tottenham does not have to finish in the top four to keep him
- Mason hailed Kane as a ‘constant professional’ who ‘loves this football club’
- This week, the forward hinted that he could leave and win ‘team trophies’
Ryan Mason insists that Tottenham and Harry Kane are solely focused on Sunday’s visit to Sheffield United and not his future.
Forward Kane was named Premier League Player of the Year at the 2021 London Football Awards this week.
However, just days after Spurs were defeated in the Carabao Cup final by Manchester City, Kane admitted that the individual award was ‘bittersweet’ as his goal now is to win team trophies.
Ryan Mason insists that top four is not a must to keep Harry Kane at the club this summer
Qualification for the Champions League will also likely be critical to any decision Kane makes about his future, with a top-four finish to Spurs’ remaining goal between now and the end of the season.
They have five games to go, seventh and five points behind the current occupiers of fourth place Chelsea.
Interim manager Mason said: “There have been and will be no discussions with me and him [Kane] in relation to everything except the training day or the match ahead of us.
Mason called Kane a “ constant professional ” and said he would not hold discussions about his future
‘He’s one of the most professional guys I’ve ever met in my life, so Harry Kane did a great job training this week. Will train excellently tomorrow. I know that and he will be ready for the weekend.
When asked if Spurs needed Champions League football to keep Kane, Mason said, “I don’t think so. Harry Kane loves this football club and it has been proven over the past seven, eight years. He is one of the best strikers in the world.
“Everyone knows that, we know that and I would like to think Harry knows that too. But the most important thing and our attention on our mind is this weekend.
‘We cannot disdain any opponent. We can’t put energy into anything else and that’s all I have to say about this. My attention, Harry’s attention, the whole group, the whole football club is next Sunday. ‘
Kane is still reeling from the Carabao Cup final after Spurs failed to end their trophy drought
‘Our season is not over yet. We can make it a good season. We have five big games for this football club and the group knows that, we know that.
‘Our focus is on Sunday. We don’t think it will be a disappointing season as this season is not over for this season and that must be the mindset of the group.
“It is the mentality of the group, so we go into the game on Sunday and we know and realize that it is a big game.”
After winning his award as player of the year, Kane dropped a huge hint that he might be leaving his youth club this summer.
“Individual awards are great, they are fantastic achievements,” he said.
The forward dropped the biggest hint yet that he could leave the club to win ‘team trophies’
‘When I look back at the end of my career, I’ll go through it and take in some more. The goal at the moment as a player is to win team trophies. As much as this [award] is great, I want to win the biggest prizes there is to offer as a team and we don’t quite do that.
“It’s one of them [situations], it’s bittersweet. I would rather win team trophies and this prize. It is what it is.’
Tottenham face a number of challenges leading up to next season – not only will they face a battle to convince Kane to stay in place, but their management options to take over from Jose Mourinho are diminishing.
Top goal Julian Nagelsmann has left for Bayern Munich, while Brendan Rodgers has confirmed his commitment to Leicester City and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag signed a new one-year contract with the Eredivisie team on Friday.
Mason defended his Spurs players after criticizing their showing in their cup final loss to City
The side has been heavily criticized for losing their cup final to City last week, but Mason has jumped to the defense of his players.
“Everyone is entitled to an opinion,” he added. ‘In my opinion, the first half was – yes, it was difficult. We’ve driven our luck a bit. But if you watch the game and analyze it – the second half, it was a different game. They didn’t really create much, they scored from a set piece.
“ We didn’t have many shots on target, but the way we approached the game, the belief we had … we started to get a little more control in the game. There were many positives from the second half and we had a week to work on different aspects of our game. It has been a positive week for us after a disappointing result. ‘