Harry Kane made sure to pick his moment as he cheekily requested two days off during a phone call with Antonio Conte after becoming Tottenham’s all-time record goalscorer.
Tottenham earned a valuable 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday, courtesy of Kane’s first-half strike – and the day was very much his. Kane’s 200th Premier League goal saw him surpass late Spurs legend Jimmy Greaves as the club’s greatest goalscorer with 267 in his 415 appearances.
The striker admitted after the game that he was ” so desperate to do it with a win”, though manager Conte was unfortunately forced to miss the occasion due to recently undergoing surgery to remove his gall bladder. Assistant manager Cristian Stellini took charge of Spurs for the victory, but Conte was straight on the phone afterwards to congratulate Kane on his achievement.
“Harry,” Conte began. “How you doing boss, you ok?,” Kane replied.
“Good, good, good,” Conte said, before kindly stating: “You make me proud.” Kane looked touched as he replied: “Oh thank you.”
The pair then discussed moments from the game, which ended with a nervy finish for Spurs after defender Cristian Romero was sent off for two bookings.
Ending the call, Conte thanked Kane for his efforts in producing a win in his absence, to which the striker replied: “Thank you very much,” before asking hopefully: “Boss, we see you Wednesday?”
The rest of the Spurs players began laughing as Eric Dier chanted down the phone: “Two days off, two days off.”
It is not clear whether Conte agreed to Kane’s request, though Tottenham have a busy period ahead in the month to come. After travelling to Leicester next weekend, they then make the trip to San Siro to face AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.
West Ham are then the visitors, before Spurs play host to Chelsea. Tottenham then kick-off March with an FA Cup fifth round tie away at either Wrexham or Sheffield United before a trip to Wolves in the league prior to their second leg against Milan.
Conte was only taken ill earlier this week with “severe abdominal pain”, which was later diagnosed as cholecystitis – an inflammation of the gall bladder – and required an operation. It is not yet known when the Italian will be back on the sidelines.
His No2 Stellini said of Kane after the game: “An incredible achievement. He is 30 [in July], he has time to do many things. He has the skills to score again, again and again. When you look at him you can feel football in every moment in his life.”
Quizzed on whether he had been in contact with Conte during the win, he replied: “I couldn’t speak with him but we had some messages from him in the game, they arrived a bit later but we had to take responsibility.” He added: “My [unbeaten] record is safe today and we have to continue. But I want Antonio back.”
The win leaves Spurs a point behind fourth place Newcastle while Kane is now just eight goals behind Wayne Rooney in the Premier League’s all-time scoring list, with only Alan Shearer ahead of the former Manchester United man.
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