Harry Kane says Antonio Conte has the full backing of the Tottenham squad despite the team’s inconsistent form.
Spurs have endured an indifferent run of results recently that have left them eighth in the table, six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal having played a game more than their north London rivals.
They are seemingly stuck in win-lose-win-lose cycle at the moment, often following up impressive victories with disappointing defeats.
The recent remarkable 3-2 win at Manchester City was followed by a shock loss at Burnley, while thrashings of Leeds United and Everton have been ruined by subsequent defeats at Middlesbrough and Manchester United in the FA Cup and Premier League respectively.
However, the England captain is still very much on board with the former Inter Milan manager is trying to build as Kane insisted there is no quick fix and Conte has the support of the playing staff.
“Obviously I still feel like we’re in a process,” Kane told Sky Sports.
“We went two or three years challenging for trophies then we dropped off over the last couple of years. With Antonio, he’s building a culture that he wants to be and wants to put us back in that place.
“The Premier League, it’s such fine lines between challenging or being top four or being sixth, seventh or eighth. Every team is getting better and there are no easy games.
“Of course the manager is working as hard as he can and the players are working. It’s not a quick fix that happens overnight, it takes time and understanding.
“He mentioned he needs to talk to the club and chairman and to see what direction we need to go as a club. From my point of view, the players’ point of view, we can’t speak highly enough of him.”
Kane does seem genuinely enamoured with Conte, which could serve Spurs well in their quest to keep the England captain at the club in the summer. Champions League football would also be a big help as it appears to be particularly important that Tottenham qualify for next year’s Champions League as they look to hold onto Conte and Kane.
Meanwhile, Conte has clearly improved Tottenham’s general play since arriving at the club, while long-serving players and new signings alike have thrived in numerous games.
The problem is consistency which can be achieved as time goes on.
Fabio Paratici ready to stay amid PSG Interest.
David Ornstein of The Athletic has reported that Tottenham transfer chief Fabio Paratici will remain in North London despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain amid rumours that the French side are set to part company with current technical director Leonardo.
Last summer, Paratici left Juventus for North London as part of a rebuild at Spurs, and he has since been joined by fellow Italian Antonio Conte.
The pair have already worked together to raid Juve for Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski, two key additions if Spurs are to return to the Champions League.
Despite PSG said to be admirers of Paratici, The Athletic suggests that Spurs are expected to retain his services in the long term.
The report says that Paratici ‘remains enthusiastic’ about the work that has been going on behind the scenes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Paratici is also said to have formed a strong relationship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.