Harry Kane has opened up on his frustrations after another ‘disappointing’ season without silverware at Tottenham and says his number one priority is to begin adding ‘team trophies’ to his CV rather than individual accolades.
The 27-year-old striker was speaking to Sky Sports after being named as the Premier League Player of the Year at the London Football Awards, just three days on from Spurs’ Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City.
Tottenham’s crushing 1-0 defeat at Wembley meant their 13-year wait for major honours will continue on until next term given they have already been knocked out of the Europa League and find themselves languishing down in seventh place in the English top flight.
The club’s desperate struggles in recent months – which ultimately led to Jose Mourinho’s dismissal – have only amplified calls for Kane to force a move and fulfil his ambitions elsewhere, with Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid reportedly long-term admirers.
And while Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has repeatedly stressed that Kane is not for sale, it’s clear the forward’s exasperation levels are at all-time high and speculation over his future in likely to rumble on throughout the summer.
‘Individual awards are great, they are fantastic achievements,’ the England captain said.
‘When I look back at the end of my career, I will go over it and take in a little bit more. The goal right now as a player is to win team trophies.
‘As much as this award is great, I want to be winning the biggest prizes that there is to offer as a team.
‘We are not quite doing that. It is one of those [situations], it is bittersweet. I would rather be winning team trophies and this award. It is what it is.’
Kane – the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 21 goals – is determined to end the campaign on a high under interim manager Ryan Mason, who he previously played alongside in Tottenham’s academy and first-team.
‘It has been a disappointing season, if I am totally honest,’ Kane added.
‘We have had so many opportunities and been in so many games where we have been ahead or been in a good position going into the last 15 minutes and we haven’t quite got over the line for one reason or another.
‘When we look back, we were in a great position come November and that spell over December and January really put a halt to what we were trying to achieve.
‘We have got loads to improve on. The thing now is to try and finish strong, try and win the last five games, hopefully try and make the Champions League spot.
‘It has been disappointing and as players we have to take responsibility and when we go away in the summer really focus on what we can improve on.’
Kane is saddened by the situation which led to Mourinho’s departure and feels they had a good connection which showed in his performances over the last 18 months.
‘He’s a fantastic manager, he’s managed the biggest players at the biggest clubs in the world,’ the attacker went on.
‘He came in with a real understanding of what he wanted. We had good conversations early in the career and that continued on.
‘I’ve always said that I like to drop deep and be involved but I guess the biggest change was making sure people were running in behind if I was dropping deep and using all the tools to exploit the team’s weaknesses.
‘We had a good relationship. I feel my game has been evolving over the last three or four years anyway and it was a good match-up.
‘It was a shame we couldn’t go on and do better things or win any trophies but I’ll take the experience I had with him for the rest of my career.’
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