Harry Kane piles pressure on Tottenham squad due to Antonio Conte but hints he could stay

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has demanded more from his team-mates following the appointment of Antonio Conte. The Italian was appointed as Spurs’ new head coach on Tuesday and oversaw a win in his first game in charge against Vitesse. 

Kane forced an own goal in the 3-2 win over the Dutch side, which puts the North Londoners into a more comfortable position in their Europa Conference League group.  

However, the England captain struggled during Nuno Espirito Santo’s 17-match tenure and scored just one Premier League goal. Nuno’s failure to get the best out of Kane is likely to have contributed to his dismissal.  

With Conte now in charge, Kane has told his colleagues that they need to improve every aspect of their lives in a bid to improve results. 

Spurs are ninth in the Premier League after losing five of their 10 matches under Nuno and face a challenge qualifying for Europe.  

“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,” the 28-year-old said of the appointment of Conte, who has won a haul of honours in both Italy and England. 

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“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.  

“And making sure we give ourselves every opportunity to win. We have a manager and a club that believe in us and the disappointment definitely shows that.” 

Kane added: “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. 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. 

Kane still has three years remaining on the six-year deal he penned in 2018. 

“I am a player that always believes in myself and always believes in my ability,” he said. “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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