Jamie Redknapp has backed Harry Kane to sign a new long-term deal at Tottenham after being convinced of the club’s ambition under Antonio Conte.
More than two years ago, in an interview with Redknapp for Sky Sports, Kane spoke of his frustration at failing to win trophies with Tottenham – and revealed he would be ready to leave if the team didn’t. was not progressing.
That seemed to reach a tipping point last summer when he was not involved in Spurs’ season opener against contenders Manchester City.
But since Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo as manager, there has been a sea change in Tottenham’s approach and the ensuing atmosphere among the fans.
Bayern Munich have been linked with a move for the striker as a potential replacement for Robert Lewandowski, but Redknapp believe Kane, 29, will soon extend his long affiliation with the club.
The Sky Sports expert told the Essential Soccer podcast: “It’s been a battle at times at Tottenham over signing players the manager may not want.
“You have to marry him together and Antonio Conte has promised to transform the club if he gets what he wants.
“Everything is in place. Harry Kane now, instead of last year where he may have felt the need to go and show some ambition… I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next six months – can -be even less – if he signed a new contract at the club.
“He can now look at what’s going on and think, ‘we can win things here’. He’s been here a long time, it’s his club, the fans love him and I can see that happening.
What Kane told Redknapp in March 2020…
When asked if he would be at Tottenham for the rest of his career, Kane stressed his intention to be one of the best players in the world and said he would not stay with Spurs if he did. didn’t feel he could achieve what he wanted at the club.
“It’s one of those things, I couldn’t say yes, I couldn’t say no. I love Spurs, I will always love Spurs. But it’s one of those things – I’ve always said if I don’t feel we are progressing as a team or going in the right direction, then I’m not someone who stays there for fun,” he told Redknapp.
“I am an ambitious player, I want to improve, I want to improve, I want to become one of the best players.
“It all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team, so it’s not certain that I’m going to stay here forever – but it’s not a no either.”
“If you had told me that a year ago I would have said ‘No chance – he’s going to go’. He was going to join Man City last year and he wanted to leave but, at the moment, everything is in place to allow him to achieve whatever he wants.”
Kane earns £200,000 a week and was linked with a move to Bayern Munich earlier this summer. His current contract expires in 2024.
Conte has signed six new players so far this summer, and last weekend’s 4-1 win over Southampton fills the club with plenty of confidence ahead of their Super Sunday clash with Chelsea, live on Sky Sports.
“It feels like a different Tottenham,” added Redknapp. “Manager Antonio Conte instilled that will to win and he brought real drive and desire to the team. Players go through brick walls for him which hasn’t always been the case at Spurs under managers. previous ones.
“They look incredibly strong and they’ve signed some good players. I think Yves Bissouma will be a brilliant signing for them in the long run. You have to say these aren’t typical Tottenham signings because they’re ready to win right now.
“Normally Tottenham buy with an eye to the future, but they’ve been very smart and confident in what they’ve done. They haven’t waited out the window and I like the way they’ve done it. their business.
“For someone like Ryan Sessegnon, working with people like Ivan Perisic could be the making of him. Perisic has worked under Antonio Conte before and is still incredibly fit. He’s a seasoned pro and I always think of the senior players as models.
“Sessegnon will exploit that. It’s their first full pre-season with Conte, which will be a revelation for some of them. They feel fit and stronger than ever. I wouldn’t say they’re ready. to challenge for the title for now, but they will definitely come close.
“I would be surprised if they didn’t get a trophy this year. Everything is now ready for Conte to win the trophy the fans have been yearning for.”
Watch the Super Sunday clash between Chelsea and Tottenham live on Sky Sports Premier League this weekend; kick off 4:30 p.m.