Harry Kane speculation will not derail Tottenham’s European push, says Ryan Mason

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Speculation over Harry Kane’s future will not prove a distraction to Tottenham’s push for European football, according to the club’s interim head coach Ryan Mason.

In an interview with Standard Sport on Wednesday, Kane cast fresh doubt on his Spurs future by admitting it had been a “disappointing” season and reiterating his desire to win team trophies.

Kane and Spurs lost a third consecutive final with a 1-0 defeat to Man City in the Carabao Cup on Sunday and their hopes of securing Champions League football are slim, with the gap to fourth-place five points ahead of Sunday’s visit of Sheffield United.

Mason insists he will not discuss Kane’s future with the England captain and says it will not derail the club’s push for Europe in the final five games of the season.

“There’s always speculation about the best players in the world and Harry Kane is one of if not the best No9 in the world,” said Mason. “That talk has been there for a number of years now. In terms of managing the group, we don’t need to manage that.

“Harry Kane is one of the most professional guys I’ve ever seen or come across in my life. That’s the most important thing for players.

“That’s what they see, they see a leader in training every day who sets the tone, sets the example and when you’re one of the best players in the world acting like that you can only appreciate and applaud that kind of mentality.

“I’ve not spoken to Harry. Harry is a constant professional. There haven’t been and there won’t be any conversations with me and him regarding anything apart from the training day or the match ahead.

“He’s one of the most professional guys I’ve ever met in my life so Harry Kane has been training excellently this week. He’ll be training excellently tomorrow, I know that, and he’ll be ready for the weekend.”

Asked if Kane’s future could hinge on a top-four finish and Champions League football, Mason added: “I don’t think so. Harry Kane loves this football club. That’s been proven over the last seven or eight years.

“The most important thing right now, and our attention right now, is this weekend. We can’t disrespect any opponent and we can’t be investing our energy into anything else.

“That’s all I have to say on the matter. Our attention, Harry’s attention, the attention of this whole football club is on this Sunday.”

Kane was a doubt to face City due to an ankle problem but he recovered to play 90 minutes at Wembley.

Asked how he was mentally and physically after the match, Mason said: “Harry was fine in terms of his injury. He was disappointed like all of us. It hurt as player, coaches, everyone associated with this football club.

“Sunday hurt. But Harry’s a top professional and the whole group are to be fair. They’ve trained hard, trained well and we’re ready for the weekend.

“We’ve got five cup finals,” Mason added. “This weekend is a massive game for this football club. It’s important that we have the right mentality because it’s not easy to win games in the Premier League.

“We’ve had a week to prepare and a week to train, a week to work the players and come Sunday it’s a massive game for us as a group and as a football club.”

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