Jose Mourinho believes Harry Kane should be happy at Tottenham with a cup final and a Premier League ‘fight’ to come… as boss vows ‘not to play that game’ over discussing an exit with striker’s future up in the air
- Harry Kane’s future remains up in the air at Tottenham amid rumours of an exit
- But Jose Mourinho has insisted that talisman Kane ‘has to be happy’ currently
- Kane has been heavily tipped to leave soon due to his desire to win silverware
- Sportsmail understands a number of elite European clubs are eyeing up 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 striker is being linked with a possible move away from north London this summer as Mourinho’s side struggle to compete for league and European titles.
Kane admitted over the international period that he will decide his future in the coming months.
Jose Mourinho says Harry Kane ‘has to be happy’ at Tottenham despite the club’s struggles; he has been tipped to leave Spurs, potentially this summer, due to his desire to win trophies
But Mourinho believes he should be satisfied with how his career is playing out, with the Carabao Cup final and rearranged Euros on the horizon.
‘I think he’s living a good period – he’s doing well for club and country and ahead of him until the end of the season he has nice challenges: the final to play, the Premier League to fight for every point, then a Euros with the possibility to play a final at Wembley. I think he has to be happy with the moment he’s living,’ Mourinho said.
‘I have to focus on what he is for us, of course I’m always pleased when my players go to their national teams and do well. So, I’m happy he did well with England, I’m happy that England win obviously but I cannot play that game of what (outside) people say, what people don’t say.
‘I focus on what he did for us in the last match against Aston Villa, I focus on the effort I saw him putting on the pitch for England against Albania and Poland and I focus on the match against Newcastle, where I’m pretty sure him playing very well, well, or not so well, scoring two (goals), one or no, he will be there for the team.’
Mourinho was unfazed by Kane’s ambiguous answer on 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 performance – the same commitment, desire, team spirit, leadership… I know I’m going to have that.’
Ahead of Sunday’s trip to Newcastle, Spurs sit three points outside the top four but Mourinho would not be drawn on whether missing out on European football would render their season a failure.
Mourinho is adamant that star man Kane has plenty to fight for with crunch fixtures up next
‘I don’t want to speak 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’m confident we can win on Sunday and if on Monday you ask me, I’ll be confident we can win against Man United next week and I can repeat every match this confidence and ambition to win the next match. To reach 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 go one game at a time.’
Last month’s Europa League humiliation against Dinamo Zagreb prompted explosive comments from captain Hugo Lloris, who hinted at dressing-room divisions and suggested fringe players were causing problems when not selected.
Tottenham’s season took another turn for the worse after their shock Europa League knockout
When asked whether a less hectic schedule invites more problems of that ilk, Mourinho admitted: ‘In one sense, you’re totally right – we have less matches to play, there is no need for the kind of rotation you normally make when you play lots of matches. I believe (you) can look at it in two directions… the other is probably the easy one for me which is: merit.
‘One match per week, you play, you play well, you give the team what they need, the next match you’re there again. So probably for me it’ll be more simple, but I admit maybe you are right: less opportunities for people to play but maybe at the same time, because there are less opportunities, less matches, maybe we’ll have fantastic training sessions where everybody uses them to show their potential and motivation to play.
‘And to be honest these previous two weeks are normally weeks when people who don’t go to their national team let their level of motivation drop…. they’re in smaller groups, mixed with young players from the academy. I have to say this last 10 days were fantastic, every player who stayed back worked very hard.’