Jose Mourinho believes Harry Kane should be happy at Tottenham with a cup final and Premier League ‘fight’ to come … while boss promises ‘not to play that game’ over discussing an exit with the forward’s future in the air
- Harry Kane’s future remains in the air at Tottenham amid rumors of an exit
- But Jose Mourinho has insisted that talisman Kane should be ‘happy’ right now
- Kane has been heavily tipped to leave soon due to his desire to win silverware
- Sportsmail understands that a number of European elite clubs are watching a move
Jose Mourinho insists Harry Kane should be happy with his current prospects at Tottenham, even as speculation swirls around the England captain’s future.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a possible move from North London this summer as Mourinho’s side struggles to compete for the league and European titles.
Kane admitted during the international period that he will decide his future in the coming months.
Jose Mourinho says Harry Kane must be ‘happy’ at Tottenham despite the club’s problems; he has been tipped to leave Spurs, possibly this summer, due to his desire to win trophies
But Mourinho thinks he should be content with how his career is going, with the Carabao Cup final and euro rescheduling on the horizon.
‘I think he’s going through a good period – he’s doing well for club and country and for him he has nice challenges until the end of the season: the final to play, the Premier League to fight for every point, then a euro with the possibility to play a final at Wembley. I think he should be happy with the moment he’s alive, ”Mourinho said.
‘I have to focus on what he is to us, of course I am always happy when my players go to their national teams and do well. So I’m glad he did well with England, of course I’m glad England wins, but I can’t play that game of what (outside) people say, what people don’t say.
‘I focus on what he did for us in the last game against Aston Villa, I focus on the effort I saw him put on the field for England against Albania and Poland and I focus on the game against Newcastle, where I have free be sure. he plays very well, well or not so well, scored two (goals), one or no, he will be there for the team. ‘
Mourinho was unimpressed by Kane’s ambiguous answer about his future, adding: ‘I want Harry to be with us (how) he has been, I want Harry to repeat against Newcastle the same performance he had against Aston Villa, the same achievement – same achievement. commitment, desire, team spirit, leadership… I know I will get it. ‘
Ahead of Sunday’s trip to Newcastle, Spurs are three points out of the top four, but Mourinho wouldn’t be interested in whether missing European football would make their season a failure.
Mourinho is adamant that star man Kane has enough to fight for in the following crunch matches
‘I don’t want to talk about that possibility. I’m not going to be pessimistic or try to anticipate scenarios and evaluate our season before it ends, ‘he said.
‘I am convinced that we can win on Sunday and if you ask me on Monday I am sure we can win against Man United next week and I can repeat this confidence and ambition to win the next game in every game. To get to a Champions League position we depend on results from other teams, I’m not going to say we’re going to do it or not. We have to play game by game. ‘
The Europa League’s humiliation against Dinamo Zagreb last month sparked explosive comments from captain Hugo Lloris, alluding to the dressing rooms and suggesting that fringe players were causing problems if they weren’t selected.
Tottenham’s season took another bad turn after their shocking knockout in the Europa League
When asked if a less hectic schedule invites more problems of that kind, Mourinho admitted, “ In a way, you’re quite right – we have fewer games to play, there’s no need for the kind of rotation that you normally make if you play. many matches. I believe (you) can look at it in two directions … the other is probably the easy one for me, namely: merit.
‘One game a week, you play, you play well, you give the team what they need, the next game you are back. So probably it will be easier for me, but I admit you might be right: fewer chances for people to play, but maybe at the same time because there are fewer chances, fewer matches, maybe we have great workouts where everyone uses them to show their potential and motivation to play.
“And to be fair, these two previous weeks are normally weeks when people who don’t go to their national team drop their motivation…. they are in smaller groups mixed with young academy players. I have to say these last 10 days have been fantastic, every player left has worked really hard. ‘