Harry Kane: Jose Mourinho unconcerned about striker’s comments over Tottenham future

Tottenham manager said Kane ‘has to be happy’ with his position at the club

Jonathan Veal
Friday 02 April 2021 16:30

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho is not concerned by Harry Kane’s uncertain comments about his future at the club and says the striker should be happy with his current situation.

Kane raised eyebrows during the international break when he said the topic of his future at Spurs was a “hard question to answer right now” and that “we’ll see where we go” after this summer’s European Championship.

The England captain, who still has another three years left on his current contract, has been honest in the past about being content to stay at the north London club providing he sees suitable progression, but with Mourinho’s side enduring an inconsistent season, speculation has been rife about a possible move away.

Asked whether he was bothered that Kane was not more defiant in his commitment to the club, Mourinho said: “No. No. I want Harry to be with us what he has been. I want Harry to repeat against Newcastle the same performance he had against Aston Villa.

“When I say the same performance, I mean the same commitment, the same desire, the same team spirit, the same leadership. That’s what I want and I know that I’m going to have that.

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“I cannot play that game [of speculation]. I have to focus on what he is for us.

“Of course I’m always pleased when my players go to national teams and do well, so I’m happy he does well with England. I’m happy that England wins obviously but I cannot play the game of what people say, what people don’t say.

“What I know is he’s professional. Apart from being talented or not, it’s very important that a player is professional. And he’s very professional. I’m very, very pleased to have him and I repeat: I’m happy to see him and all the other guys go to national team and do well.

“It’s always better when they come back after positive results. I think he’s living a good period, he’s doing well for club and country.

“Ahead of him before the end of the season he has nice challenges: a final to play, Premier League to fight for every point and then he has a Euros, and the possibility to play a final at Wembley. I think he has to be happy with the moment he’s living.”

Spurs resume their Premier League campaign with a trip to Newcastle on Sunday.

Son Heung-min will play after overcoming a hamstring injury, while Sergio Reguilon is also fit following a foot complaint.

“Son is good. He trained with the team fully for the first time this morning,” Mourinho said on Friday. “So at the moment we have [Matt] Doherty and Ben Davies out and apart from that everyone is fit.”


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