‘Great ambition’: Harry Kane throws support behind Conte in boost for Spurs

Harry Kane has described the appointment of Antonio Conte by Tottenham as a show of “great ambition” as he threw his support behind the new manager, who succeeded the sacked Nuno Espírito Santo.

Kane has been through a well-documented period of questioning whether the club can meet his ambitions, which peaked over the summer when he tried and failed to force a move to Manchester City.

The 28-year-old has largely kept his thoughts on the transfer saga to himself and did not speak to the press during Nuno’s 17-game tenure, including his time on England duty, when he might have been expected to do so as captain.

He broke cover on Thursday after Conte’s first Spurs game – the helter-skelter 3-2 Europa Conference League home win over Vitesse – to articulate his hope and excitement about the new project.

“It shows great ambition, to be honest,” Kane said of Conte’s appointment. “His résumé speaks for itself. Everyone knows how highly thought of he is and what he has done as a manager in the game. You have to respect that. We have a manager and a club that believe in us and this appointment definitely shows that.

“He definitely brings a lot of passion, a lot of determination, whether that’s on the training pitch or in meetings, in the dressing room. He has won trophies at the highest level with the biggest clubs so everyone is excited to learn, excited to work under him and that passion he shows every day, every meeting, every training session is what you thrive on. You go into games wanting to put your body on the line for him and you can feel that already.

“We haven’t reached the standards we have wanted to over the last couple of years and we hope that this manager can help us turn it around. But it’s about us and how we take it in because he has done it, he has nothing to prove. He will give us everything he has to improve us and now it is down to us as players to have no excuses. We have to make sure every minute of our lives we are trying to improve and win for this team. That is the only way we are going to move forward.”

It has been a difficult start to the club season for Kane on an individual level, with only one goal and one assist in nine Premier League games. His overall numbers have been boosted, however, by six goals and one assist across six Conference League and Carabao Cup ties.

“I am a player that always believes in myself and always believes in my ability,” Kane 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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