Antonio Conte has slammed Bayern Munich for ‘disrespect’ after publicly declaring his interest in Harry Kane.
Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann has refused to rule out a move for the Tottenham striker after the German club’s chief executive Oliver Kahn revealed earlier this week that it would be a “dream” to sign Kane.
The Bundesliga champions are looking for a replacement for Robert Lewandowski after the Polish striker joined Barcelona in a £42.5million deal this month.
Asked about Bayern’s pursuit of Kane, following Tottenham’s 2-1 pre-season win over Rangers, head coach Conte said: “Honestly, I haven’t heard that. Of course, I am a coach who does not talk about players from other teams. .
“I do not know why [this happened]. The situation at Tottenham is very clear. The plan is very clear with the club. Harry is part of the project. He is a very important part of the project and yeah just rumors.
“At the same time, I don’t like to talk about players from another club. If I want to do something, I will talk to the club, not through the media.
“I think it’s maybe a bit disrespectful to the other club. It’s my way. It’s my way of dealing with the situation with the other players.”
Kane pushed for an exit from Spurs last summer but after a move to Manchester City fell through the 28-year-old helped Conte’s side finish fourth to qualify for the League champions this season.
Kane, who scored twice in Spurs’ pre-season win at Ibrox to score five goals in three games this summer, has less than two years left on his current contract with Spurs.
What did Nagelsmann and Kahn say about Kane?
Conte’s comments come after Bayern boss Nagelsmann spoke publicly about Kane during the Bavarian club’s pre-season preparations.
The German said of Kane: “He’s very expensive, that’s the problem – but he’s a brilliant player.
“[He’s] one of the best strikers. [He’s] maybe one of two or three who can play as a centre-forward [as well as a] No 10, but it is very strong, brilliant with [his] head and both feet.
“He could score a lot in the Bundesliga, I don’t know the price, but it’s really difficult for Bayern Munich. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
Meanwhile, Kahn told the German publication BILD: “Hey [Kane] is under contract with Tottenham.
“Of course, an absolute best striker, but it’s all a dream for the future.
“Now we have to consider putting the squad together for the current season. So let’s see what else happens.”
Dier: Nagelsmann’s appreciation for Kane is ‘normal’
Kane’s Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier thinks Nagelsmann’s appreciation for Kane is “normal” as he is a world-class player.
Talk to Sky Sports News After the pre-season win at Rangers, the defender said of the 35-year-old’s comments: “Yeah that’s normal.
“Every world-class player will always be talked about a lot. But I don’t care.
“In football you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow let alone next week, so it’s not something that really bothers me.
“It’s normal that we talk a lot about world-class players.”
‘Bayern want to see if Kane would be interested in a move’
European football expert Andy Brassell speaking to Sky Sports News:
“Kane is someone who Bayern think would be a perfect fit for them. He is one of the greatest strikers in the world and one of the number nines who could really replace Robert Lewandowski.
“Kane is reaching this critical moment in the contract. Bayern want to see if he would be interested.
“They haven’t had any indication whether or not he will be at this time, but I think it’s quite interesting how Kahn has never denied that Kane would be of interest to him.
“But the big question is, is Kane interested?”
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