‘He’s been through a difficult time’ – Tottenham striker Harry Kane declares squad are pulling together for Antonio Conte after win over Fulham as Italian boss states he is ‘proud’ to manage Spurs and ‘vows to fight until the end’

    Tottenham striker Harry Kane has declared the squad are pulling together for Antonio Conte following the death of two of his close friends.

    And the Spurs boss has insisted he is ‘proud’ to manage the north London outfit amid fears he could leave the club.

    Tottenahm beat Fulham on Monday night to close the gap on the top four to three points

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    Tottenahm beat Fulham on Monday night to close the gap on the top four to three points

    Kane has declared the Spurs squad are all pulling together for boss Conte

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    Kane has declared the Spurs squad are all pulling together for boss Conte

    Spurs got back to winning ways on Monday following back-to-back defeats by beating Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage thanks to Harry Kane’s record-equalling strike.

    The result has closed the gap on the top four to just three points, and Kane has stated the squad are hoping a run of victories can help distract Conte from his ‘difficult time outside of football’.

    Conte has been mourning the deaths of Tottenham fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone and ex-teammate Gianluca Vialli in recent months.

    Speaking to Sky Sports after the Fulham victory, Kane said: “He’s been through a difficult time, I guess outside of football with his personal life.

    “And being part of a team isn’t just the players on the pitch, it’s the manager and the staff and being there for each other.

    “We want to win every game for him, he puts so much passion and effort into every game, every training session, and we want to repay him with victories.

    Kane moved level with Jimmy Greaves’ Tottenham scoring record in the win over Fulham

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    Kane moved level with Jimmy Greaves’ Tottenham scoring record in the win over Fulham

    “We had a good meeting amongst ourselves and the manager in the week to get back to what we’re good at.

    “And we’re going to keep fighting. The manager is a fighter, a very passionate manager, and we’ve just to keep working hard for him.”

    As for Conte, who is in the final six months of his contract, the 53-year-old reinstated his allegiance to Spurs as he revealed he is ‘happy’ at the club.

    He remarked: “I’m really proud to be Tottenham manager. To be the manager of an important club like Tottenham makes me proud. And this needs to be clear to everybody.

    Conte has insisted he is ‘proud’ to manage Spurs amid uncertainty over his future

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    Conte has insisted he is ‘proud’ to manage Spurs amid uncertainty over his future

    “I have good players, but especially good men. They have to understand that if they want to fight for everything, we have to suffer.

    “And we are willing to suffer. I’m happy. But I always say this. I said when I became Tottenham manager, I’m happy.

    “And I’m happy. In every moment, in every second of my day, my first thoughts are on my players, on my club, to improve, to make the fans proud of my team.

    “The Premier League is not simple, it’s really difficult. There are many clubs with a lot of money to improve their team. But I think we are in the right position.

    “And then we will see. The most important thing for me is to work with my players and my club, and from then we will see.”

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