Harry Kane suffered a difficult start to the 2021-22 campaign, scoring only one goal in his first 13 league games after apparently having his head turned amid interest from Manchester City.
Tottenham, without their Kane firing, suffered in the league and were ninth after five top-flight losses in seven games before the ex- Inter boss took charge.
Tottenham have since seemed revitalised under Antonio Conte, who establish and then extended a club record as he remains unbeaten in his opening 8 league games.
2 points behind fourth-placed rivals Arsenal while still boasting 2 games in hand.
England Star Man Harry Kane has also started to find the back of the net, managing 3 goals in his last 4 Premier League games, and the coach Antonio Conte defined how Tottenham’ standpoint with their striker during the interest from Manchester City showed their ambition to build something unique.
“I followed the situation about Kane and I have seen what happened and what could happen,” he said. “The club decided to keep Kane in the team and it was a great choice of the owner.
“You are showing you want to continue to build something important around one of the best players in the team.
Harry Kane is a player of Tottenham and continues to be one of the best in the team. He’s a point of reference in the dressing room.
“I think Tottenham wanted to bring me here to send a signal outside and also to our players.”
Harry Kane has won the Premier League Golden Boot award 3 times but has never lifted any trophies with Tottenham during his time at the club.
Questions have been raised as to whether Kane will chase silverware and leave his childhood club, though Tottenham Boss feels he understands why the England Star is yet to move on.
“Yeah I understand Kane’s situation because for sure when you finish your career you can see your appearances and the team where you played but at the same time it’s right also to see what you have won,” he continued.
“I think that this is important for top players because sometimes it happens that important players finish their career with a couple of titles and others below them have more.
“We are talking about a really good person and a good man. This is the most important thing, I knew the situation in the summer but then when Harry Kane decided to stay I had found a player totally involved in the project.
“I’m happy to have him in my team, we’re talking about a top player and a top striker. He knows well my opinion but I repeat I’m very happy to work with him.”
Former Inter head coach will be dreaming Harry can fire Tottenham past his former side Chelsea in the EFL Cup semi-final when the first leg takes place on Wednesday.
Both of Antonio Conte’s last 2 losses in the competition have come against London sides, losing to West Ham in 2016-17 and to Arsenal over two legs in the 2017-18 semi-final.
While Tottenham have progressed from 6 of their previous eight EFL Cup semi-final ties, Tottenham Boss thinks there is a sizeable fixing job to do after the parting of Mauricio Pochettino, who coached Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2018-19.
“I have to be honest, if we have to compare this Tottenham and in the past I think in the past Spurs was a team with many players with more experience in the league,” he added.
“They had good momentum in the past to try and win something. Now, I think we’re in a moment when we’re starting again.
“It means you must be directed every day. You have to think football more than two or three hours in your day.
“You make yourself to be a winner but you need time and people that transfer you the right sensation and thoughts every day – but you need time.
“I think Pochettino did an incredible job as he took a group of young players and they grew and became a contender for the title. I remember at Chelsea they fought until the end with us and Leicester City.
“The level now has dropped a bit as players left and now we have to try to have the time and patience to build again a good situation.”