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Kane urges Tot­ten­ham to take next step in quest for tro­phies

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LON­DON their man­ager.

“Ev­ery­one just has a spe­cial con­nec­tion here. It’s a spe­cial bond and I don’t think you al­ways get that at clubs,” Kane said.

“That has to mo­ti­vate us to hope­fully be out there next year lift­ing a Premier League to­gether.

“That’s got to be the next step. That’s got to be our aim and we’ve got to use this as mo­ti­va­tion to get there.”

Tot­ten­ham said an emo­tional farewell to White Hart Lane on Sun­day, with a 2-1 win against Manch­ester United the per­fect send-off for the 118-year sta­dium be­fore it is de­mol­ished it make room for a new arena.

Tot­ten­ham’s run­ners-up berth is their best league fin­ish since 1963, but the progress of Po­chet­tino’s side has in­evitably prompted re­ports that sev­eral key play­ers could be lured away by big­ger clubs in the close-sea­son.

Kane is un­moved by such talk and says Spurs’ tra­jec­tory makes them as at­trac­tive as vir­tu­ally any club in the world.

“We’re a fam­ily on and off the pitch. We work so hard as a group. Look, there’s not many bet­ter teams to be at around the world at the mo­ment,” he said.

“We’ve got a very bright fu­ture, a great squad, a team that’s hun­gry to win and to learn and to get bet­ter.

“Of course there’s go­ing to be ru­mours over the sum­mer, but I think I’d be very sur­prised if most of us ain’t still here next sea­son.”

De­spite all their prom­ise, Tot­ten­ham are yet to win a tro­phy un­der Po­chet­tino and their last ma­jor prize was the League

Cup in 2008. no mis­take, slam­ming the ball to Ful­ham goal­keeper Mar­cus Bet­tinelli’s right to leave Stam’s side one win from the big time.

“It’s great to be back at Wem­b­ley,” said Stam, who won the FA Cup at the sta­dium with United in 1999. “I’ve been in my play­ing ca­reer so as a man­ager, with a lot at stake, it’s go­ing to be nice.”

Ful­ham man­ager Slav­isa Jokanovic felt the re­sult was not a fair re­flec­tion on his side’s per­for­mance.

“Did the best team lose? Yes,” he said. “We played bet­ter foot­ball, it’s true. We are the best team, but we are not go­ing to play the fi­nal.

“We didn’t put the ball in the net and we paid an ex­pen­sive price. But I am proud of my team and how they played tonight and all sea­son.” AFP

They face the added prob­lem of play­ing their home games at Wem­b­ley next sea­son while the new sta­dium is built.

Yet, ig­nor­ing his team’s poor re­sults at the na­tional sta­dium in re­cent years, Eng­land star Kane is adamant they should be aim­ing high next term.

“Imag­ine what it would be like win­ning a Premier League, or win­ning an FA Cup or a Cham­pi­ons League or some­thing?” he said.

“That’s got to be our next step. We’re young but we’re get­ting more ex­pe­ri­ence year in, year out. We’ve just got to go and make it hap­pen. We’ve got the team, we’ve got the be­lief, so next sea­son hope­fully it’s our year.”

Af­ter their fairy­tale ti­tle last sea­son, this has been a tur­bu­lent cam­paign for Le­ices­ter, with poor league form lead­ing to Clau­dio Ranieri’s sack­ing be­fore a mem­o­rable run to the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nals un­der Craig Shake­speare.

With two home games left, it could be a long good­bye for Al­ge­ria winger Riyad Mahrez, who re­mains a tar­get for sev­eral clubs de­spite an er­ratic cam­paign from last sea­son’s PFA Player of the Year.

“You don’t have a de­ci­sion to make un­less you get an of­fer, and we haven’t had an of­fer for any one of our play­ers,” Shake­speare said of the trans­fer talk.

“There is al­ways go­ing to be spec­u­la­tion be­cause they are good play­ers.” AFP

Tot­ten­ham striker

Harry Kane

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