Antonio Conte believes that Harry Kane should be considered as one of the best strikers of all time.
The Tottenham boss was quizzed on Karim Benzema’s sublime performance in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday night, a match Conte attended.
While the French striker is rightly attracting huge praise for his current form, Conte couldn’t help but hail his own striking sensation.
After a slow start, Kane is back to his best having scored 22 goals and racking up seven assists this season, something that Conte believes puts the England skipper among the best ever.
Conte said: “He deserves an important position in the world of football.
“I think Harry also he has the right age to show that he can be one of the best, best in the world but especially in history, no? I think he’s already in the history because he scored a lot of goals for the club and scored a lot of goals for the national team. He’s the captain.
“He has the right age to consolidate and be one of the best in the world. His role, he’s a number nine but at the same time he can be a number ten because of his quality. He’s very good to make assists and to put the ball where he wants. We try also to exploit this aspect and give the ball to him.
“About our team, I’m trying to improve not his quality but to be more effective, to be in the box and a striker.
“I repeat we’re talking about a fantastic player, so it’s very difficult to improve him but we’re trying to work, to push him to have the top ambition to become the best striker.”
Kane has been regularly linked with a move away from Spurs amid interest from Manchester City and Manchester United, but according to the striker, his focus for now is much more short-term.
“Obviously my main focus is just finishing this season first and foremost,” Kane said.
“We’re still in competition for the top four. I can’t control what will happen in the future. It’s a big year for everyone, not just me.
“It’s about controlling what I can control and doing what I can on the pitch. It’s important over the summer to stay focused on that and look forward to a fantastic tournament.”
Asked whether he has spoken to Antonio Conte about his future, Kane responded: “I’m not going to get into personal discussion between me and the manager.
“My main focus is to finish the season as well as possible. We have a big race to finish top four. The next ten games is all I’m focused on.”
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