Harry Kane says fitness freak Antonio Conte can help him reach new heights this season… and FINALLY fire Spurs to glory


HARRY KANE believes fitness fanatic Antonio Conte can take him to a new level this season.

And that is great news for England’s bid to win the World Cup in Qatar.

Harry Kane believes Antonio Conte can take him to the next level


Harry Kane believes Antonio Conte can take him to the next levelCredit: Getty
The striker has hailed the fitness fanatic coach's attention to detail


The striker has hailed the fitness fanatic coach’s attention to detailCredit: AP

Thanks to Conte’s physical demands and attention to detail, Spurs’ rivals have been warned to expect a leaner, meaner Kane this season.

The superstar striker said: “Antonio’s been fantastic. He has probably taken fitness levels to another level for me.

“Mentality, being with him every day, seeing the way he prepares, the way he brings his passion and brings the best out of the lads, I’ve learnt from that.

“I feel like I’m learning every year anyway and getting more experience and getting better. But with someone like Antonio it’s speeding up that process even quicker.

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“I feel like I’ve still got a lot more to give and, hopefully, I can show that next year.”

Conte has been pushing his players to the limit in pre-season with daily double training sessions on their South Korea tour.

England skipper Kane, 28, threw up on the sideline during the gruelling running drill at the end of Monday’s practice in front of 6,000 fans.

His passion seems to have been rekindled by proven-winner and kindred spirit Conte, who has led Spurs to the Champions League next season.


So much so, that Kane is tipping the Italian’s heavily-bolstered squad to do “something special” this term.

Speaking in sweltering heat at a Nike-sponsored session with local kids at Seoul’s Sohn Kee-chung Athletic Park, Kane added: “It’s been a great pre-season so far. It’s been a good camp, we’ve worked really hard.

“It’s been difficult at times in certain sessions — but everyone’s excited for the season.

“There’s a good buzz around the club at the moment but as always you also have to go out there and perform, show what you can do when it’s crunch time.

“We haven’t quite done that over the years. Hopefully now with this  manager, this squad, we can push on and do something special.”

You would think that “something special” translates to winning a  trophy, which is a feat that has eluded Kane throughout his career.

He went close  in 2019, when Mauricio Pochettino took Spurs all the way to the Champions League final, only to lose 2-0 to Liverpool.

But Tottenham look even better prepared for that competition this season compared to three years ago, following the arrival of five early summer signings.

Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet prove boss Conte now has serious squad depth.

Djed Spence, who underwent a medical yesterday,   will join the squad when they return from South Korea after a £12.5million switch — which could rise to £20m — from Middlesbrough was agreed.

More may follow if the right deal comes along, meaning Spurs under Conte could be dark horses for whichever competition they play.

Remember that they have not one but TWO Golden Boot winners in their strikeforce after Son Heung-min’s joint-prize last season added to the three Kane has collected.

Kane, of course, has seen enough campaigns end up trophyless despite his best efforts.

But he does feel the new boys, particularly those with Premier League experience, like Bissouma and Richarlison, could be pivotal.

Kane, who turns 29 this month, added: “I know there’s excitement among the fans and rightly so.

“It helps knowing these guys have been there and done it.

“We need a big squad if we’re going to compete at the highest level in all four competitions.

“When you look at last season, we were getting down to the bare bones and it’s great to bulk up the squad with top players. There’s some competition for places.

“Hopefully we can use some momentum from the end of last season to take it into this one and keep pushing on.”

Kane is not the only long-serving Tottenham player desperate to break his trophy duck.

Heung-Min Son looked exhausted after a training session this week in South Korea


Heung-Min Son looked exhausted after a training session this week in South KoreaCredit: @thespursweb
Hugo Lloris has been with Tottenham for nearly a decade


Hugo Lloris has been with Tottenham for nearly a decadeCredit: AFP

Skipper Hugo Lloris, 35, is closing in on a decade at the club — but is equally enthused by what Conte is trying to build.

The French keeper said: “It’s very exciting and I’m looking forward to the new season.

“You can see  the club have tried to put the players, Antonio and the staff in the best position now  to strengthen the squad.”

Lloris was speaking at Spurs’ pre-match press conference ahead of their second and final game of their South Korean tour — against Sevilla in Suwon today.

He and the rest of the squad were treated to some traditional Korean barbecue by team-mate Son on Thursday night.

But it is the loan signing of pal and compatriot Lenglet which has Lloris   licking his lips ahead of the new season.

He added: “Clement’s the kind of player who is going to help the team, having played for Barcelona and France.

“He is a modern defender, very comfortable to be able to play from the back, he has a great left foot — and can be very strong in one vs one and in the air.

“He will have to adapt to the intensity of the games but he  is a high-level player. I’m even more happy because I have a great relationship with him.”

–  Harry Kane was speaking at a girls’ football coaching event hosted by Nike and Active Modoo.


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