Harry Kane ‘needs’ trophies admits Jose Mourinho as Tottenham seek to reach ‘next level’

Harry Kane is the man Jose Mourinho plans to build his Tottenham side around as he looks to deliver the silverware the England captain deserves.

For all the talk of Zlatan Ibrahimovic teaming up with the Special One again at Spurs, it is Kane who Mourinho is pinning his reputation on to bring the success he has been charged with delivering.

“He’s one of the best strikers in the world,” Mourinho said. “No doubt.

“He just needs his team with him. If his team is England or if his team is Tottenham, he just needs his team to go with him to the next level.

“And what is the next level? Titles.

“He needs to win, with us, with England. He needs to bring something to highlight the quality that he has as a player.

“The goals he scores, what he brings to the team.

“He’s a top striker. And you’re right, I’ve worked with some of the top ones.”

Kane’s importance to Spurs is such that Mourinho admitted even he did not bother ever trying to sign him from Spurs.

Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, on the other hand, have all been on his radar – and he even tried to sign Lucas Moura for Real Madrid when the Brazilian was at Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the 56-year-old scoffed when it was pointed out that another former Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, had entertained thoughts of prising Kane from the club where he grew up.

“He was wasting his time,” he said. “As managers we must have also this feeling of what is possible, what is not possible. When you try to buy Kane it’s just an impossible mission.”

That is largely down to one man – Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman.

“I used to be in clubs that fear him,” Mourinho said. “It’s true. He’s powerful. He’s a business man, but he’s a football man.

“He has big experience, he understands the industry, and he understands the evolution.

Harry Kane ‘needs’ trophies admits Jose Mourinho as Tottenham seek to reach ‘next level’

Harry Kane ‘needs’ trophies admits Jose Mourinho as Tottenham seek to reach ‘next level’

“He’s very clever, he’s very intelligent, it’s great to have him on my side.”

Alongside that, Mourinho is suitably deferential about what he brings to the table.

“I’m not going now to try to be Albert Einstein,” he said.

“I’m going to try to make the players play the way I want them to play. Offensive football, yes, but winning matches, not offensive football and don’t win a match for 10 or 11 months.

“You are not going to see Harry Kane playing left-back, that’s for sure.

“I’m going to try to make some tactical ticks, if you can say that, not incredible changes.”

Wherever he plays, the important thing is having Kane on the team-sheet. While Mourinho railed at suggestions he made not selling Kane a condition of him agreeing to manage the side, he admits he could not make it work if the club sold off its prize assets in general.

“Mr Levy has a vision, and part of that vision is to make the club better, bigger,” he said. “There is no better and bigger football club without a bigger and better football team.

“So keep the best players, is obviously part of that plan – that is nothing new with me.

“It was not like a promise to me, it was not like I said ‘I only come if…’ There were no ‘ifs’.

“It all came from Mr Levy as part of his explanation about his vision for the club.

“Without being specific about the players, he told me he does not sell players when the manager doesn’t want to sell.”

Probable Tottenham team to face West Ham (4-2-3-1): Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose; Sissoko, Winks; Son, Eriksen, Moura; Kane.

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