Harry Kane is understood to be ‘absolutely thrilled’ with the appointment of Antonio Conte – and the Tottenham striker cannot wait to join forces with the Italian following his arrival in north London. Spurs unveiled serial winner Conte as their new manager this morning following confirmation of Nuno Espirito Santo’s sacking on Monday in the aftermath of last weekend’s 3-0 defeat by Manchester United.
Initially, Paulo Fonseca and Porto’s Sergio Conceicao were believed to be the two main names in the frame but Tottenham decided to go big and attempt to lure Conte.
Contact was made with his representatives on Sunday night before the former Chelsea boss jetted to England yesterday to finalise the deal.
Conte has signed an initial 18-month contract with a view to extending the deal, permitting all goes well.
While Nuno departed with his dignity intact, it was clear the former Wolves manager was not a suitable fit for the current Tottenham project and recently had been blamed for Kane’s poor form this season.
The squad is in need of a serious shake-up and Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici are said to have promised Conte cash to spend in the January transfer window.
Now there is a real buzz about the place once again and a feeling that the club have pulled off a major coup with the appointment of Conte, who was being eyed by Manchester United before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bought himself more time with the win at Spurs.
According to Football.London, Tottenham striker Kane is fully on board with the appointment and cannot wait to get going under his new manager.
The report states the 28-year-old is ‘very excited’ by the capture of one of the game’s most decorated managers as he targets trophies at Tottenham.
Kane’s hopes of leaving Spurs appear to have gone up in smoke after Levy held firm amid strong interest from Manchester City earlier this summer.
Spurs were only prepared to sell for around £120million but Kane’s alarming dip in form has seen his value plummet.
During his time at Chelsea, Conte was full of praise for his new centre-forward which would suggest he cannot wait to link up with the England captain.
During his time as Chelsea boss, Conte made his feelings on Kane crystal clear despite the rivalry between the two London clubs.
“Tottenham is a really good squad if they are able to keep all the players,” said Conte.
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“For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world. If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane. He is a complete striker.
“He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he’s strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left. He’s a complete player.
“He’s one of the top strikers in the world. If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m.
“At least. For me, if I see this price for a striker I know for sure he’s a big striker.”
Conte is understood to have taken his first training session as Tottenham boss this morning, while he will take charge of his first match on Thursday in the UEFA Conference League.