The new manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Ange Postecoglou, expressed his desire for Harry Kane to remain at the club, but he admitted that he has not been given any guarantees about the striker’s future.
Kane, who holds the record for the most goals scored for Spurs, has been rumored to be considering a transfer, with Bayern Munich and other top clubs reportedly showing interest in signing the English captain.
“Harry Kane is one of the premier strikers in the world and I want him involved here,” Postecoglou told a press conference on Monday. “I want to make this club successful and there’s no doubt that’s what he wants.”
“I doubt it’s (our conversation) going to be defining in the way people think it will be. I just want to introduce myself to Harry, give him my vision for the football club and then go on the training pitch and make it happen.”
“I haven’t had assurances (on the future of Harry Kane) and I wouldn’t expect them. You can never deal with certainties in any aspect of life. I just try to concentrate on what I know.”
Spurs hired Postecoglou in June after a turbulent end to their season, where they finished eighth in the Premier League. Their former manager, Antonio Conte, left in a bitter manner, and interim coaches Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason did not perform well. This resulted in the club missing out on European football for the first time in over a decade and failing to win a trophy for 15 years.
Postecoglou also said he was relishing the challenge of rebuilding the club, adding: “I want to bring success to this football club. I always take over clubs after they’ve had a disappointing season or seasons.”
“The thing I cherish the most is to create something that lasts and stays beyond my tenure. The scenario that Tottenham are in right now is what motivates me the most.”
Postecoglou was not the favored option for the position of Spurs manager, as supporters highlighted his limited exposure to European football in comparison to Julian Nagelsmann and Arne Slot, who were also considered for the role. Spurs fans initiated a social media movement against the Australian, using the hashtag #NoToPostecoglou, which gained popularity on Twitter prior to his appointment. However, Postecoglou expressed indifference towards the response.
“I’ve never taken social media as a barometer of how people really think of me,” Postecoglou said.
“Unless you’ve spoken to every Tottenham fan worldwide and it comes back that they don’t want me then I’m not paying attention.
“Tottenham fans have a right to their opinion. For the most part I think supporters want me to be successful because that means the club is successful.”
The pre-season of Spurs kicks off with a match against West Ham United. They will also have friendly matches against Leicester City, Roma, and Shakhtar Donetsk before their first league match against Brentford on August 13.