'Could go': BBC pundit thinks Tottenham player could try and sign for Chelsea if Conte leaves

Jermaine Jenas claims Harry Kane might be forced into a move to Chelsea if Antonio Conte walks away from Tottenham Hotspur.

Writing for the BBC, Jenas suggested Conte’s possible departure from the club may give Kane no choice but to consider joining the ranks at Stamford Bridge.

Despite finishing the season with a full head of steam, Spurs could still lose the manager who has pushed them to the periphery of guaranteed Premier League top four status.

Will Conte head for the Tottenham exit door?

Conte has been pretty coy about his contract ever since he took over Tottenham in November.

He initially signed an 18-month deal until June 2023, one he will talk about possibly extending at the end of the campaign.

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“As I said a lot of times, at the end of the season we’ll speak with the club but with pleasure, in a really good way,” said the Italian at the end of last month.  

“We’ll speak and try to find the best solution for everybody. This has to be clear.

Staying put in North London will massively depend on where his side finish in the league and thus what they can fight for next year.

“I repeat: don’t forget I like to have ambition, not only to fight for a place in the Champions League or a place in the (Europa) League.

“Honestly, I want to fight for much more. For much more.”

What will make Conte stay at Spurs?

At the moment, Conte will be a Champions League coach in 2022/23.

Tottenham recently replaced Arsenal in the top four, following their victory against Mikel Arteta’s men and the narrow 1-0 win over Burnley yesterday.

But the Gunners could retain their position tonight when they travel to Newcastle United.

Failure to qualify for the Champions League and Conte may well decide to depart Spurs in search of the grandest footballing prize.  

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This may then cause the likes of Kane to follow suit, who also definitely has dreams of playing in the greatest club competition.

The striker will be faced with plenty of questions regarding his future in the next few months.

Another trophyless stint with Spurs places even more pressure on his next movements.

Erling Haaland’s switch to Manchester City means this avenue is off the cards, leaving the England captain with very few, viable options.  

Kane might move to Chelsea

Of course, remaining at Tottenham is still a strong choice.

He and Conte are certainly building something, but that could crumble if the latter sets sail into the sunset.

“Right now, Kane will be thinking, well, we are better than (Manchester) United, so it makes no sense for me to go there when they are basically starting again under incoming manager Erik ten Hag and no-one knows how that will work out,” said Jenas.

“In contrast, with Conte in charge, Spurs look like a club who have a plan and are already working on it.

“If the Italian leaves, however, that plan goes with him – and Kane could go too.

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“I would go as far as saying that losing Conte would be forcing Kane’s hand into making a decision he might not want to make.

“By that, I mean going to a club that Spurs really don’t want him to go to – or that he probably wouldn’t want to join – just for the opportunity of winning a trophy. Somewhere like Chelsea, for example.”

Harry up and make a decision

Chelsea were linked to Kane in the previous warm transfer window during their pursuit for a new number nine.

They eventually landed upon Romelu Lukaku, yet reportedly asked for updates from Tottenham about their centre-forward’s situation.

Due to Lukaku’s own uncertain state of affairs, the Blues might be thinking about adding another attacker to Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

Whilst it feels almost impossible that Daniel Levy will let his prized possession join a close rival, the seed has certainly been planted.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.