Interim Spurs Manager Ryan Mason has said that Champions League qualification is not a requirement to keep Harry Kane at the club. Numerous reports said that the Spurs captain was set to hand in a transfer request if they did not qualify for the Champions League. Tottenham is currently in seventh place, five points behind Chelsea with five games to go. Mason described the next five games as “cup finals”.

“I don’t believe so. Harry Kane loves this club, which has been proven over the last seven or eight years.” Mason said when asked if Kane staying is dependent on securing Champions League qualification. “He is one of the best strikers in the world. Everyone knows that, we know that. I’d like to think Harry knows that as well.”

He took over as interim manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho. He described Ryan Mason described Harry Kane as one of the most professional guys he has ever met. He insisted that the focus of the squad was on the visit of Sheffield United this weekend.

“We want to be competing on the biggest stages,” said Mason. “We want to have something in place that allows us to do that. This weekend is a massive game for this football club.”

Harry Kane revealed that he wants to win team trophies following their defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. He is second on the list of Tottenham goal scorers but has failed to win any silverware with the club yet. Mason added Kane has felt no effects of his return to the starting line-up at Wembley last weekend as he bids to add to his 31 goals in 44 appearances so far this season.

“Harry was fine in terms of his injury,” Mason said. “He was disappointed like all of us. It hurts. It hurts all of us as players, coaches, everyone associated with the football club. Last Sunday hurt.”

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