Antonio Conte SLAMS Julian Nagelsmann for Harry Kane comments
‘I don’t like to speak about the players of other clubs’: Antonio Conte slams ‘DISRESPECTFUL’ Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann after he said Harry Kane could ‘score a lot in Bundesliga’ ahead of a potential move to sign him
- Harry Kane has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich in the German media
- Head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke highly of Kane to the media on Friday
- Spurs boss Antonio Conte has slammed Nagelsmann for his comments
- Conte said it is disrespectful to speak about other clubs’ players publicly
Spurs boss Antonio Conte has hit out at Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann for talking about his admiration for Harry Kane – and insisted he is in no mood to sell off the England captain.
Reports in Germany state the Bundesliga champions may attempt to snare Kane as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski after making representations to the 28-year-old’s camp.
Nagelsmann, talking on Friday during his club’s United States tour, described the price tag involved as ‘a problem’ even though Kane would take the Bundesliga by storm.
Antonio Conte hit out at Julian Nagelsmann after the German’s comments about Harry Kane
Kane has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich after Robert Lewandowski’s exit
However, in the wake of Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win over Rangers at Ibrox, in which Kane scored twice in the second half, Conte expressed his distaste for rival managers talking about rival players.
‘Honestly, I did not hear this,’ said the Italian of Nagelsmann’s remarks. ‘For sure, I am a coach that does not speak about other players at other teams.
‘I don’t know why. The situation with Tottenham is very clear. The plan is very clear with the club. He [Kane] is a part of the project, an important part of the project.
‘At the same time, I don’t like to speak about the players of other clubs.
‘If I want to do something, I’ll go and speak with the club and not go through the media. Maybe it is a little disrespectful for the other club. This is my way of dealing with the situation with other players.’
Nagelsmann spoke positively of Kane on Friday, with Bayern Munich linked with the forward
Kane has two years left on his current contract following the breakdown of a proposed move to Manchester City last summer and there is talk of a new deal being placed on the table to keep him long-term in London.
However, despite signing Sadio Mane from Liverpool, there are suggestions Bayern are also looking for a centre-forward after seeing Lewandowski leave for Barcelona.
Nagelsmann said: ‘He [Kane] is very expensive. That’s the problem – but brilliant player. One of two or three who can play as a centre-forward [as well as a] No 10, but he’s 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 tough for Bayern Munich. We’ll see what happens in the future.’
Harry Kane scored twice for Tottenham as they beat Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox on Saturday
Conte is preparing for his first full season in charge of Tottenham after arriving in November
Rangers took the lead in the 24th minute of Saturday’s showdown in Glasgow for the Walter Tull Memorial Cup through Croatian striker Antonio Colak, but Kane struck twice in five second-half minutes to turn the game on its head.
His first on 51 minutes was a stunning effort from the left side of the area that left Rangers keeper Allan McGregor helpless while his second was a clinical low finish from a Son Heung-Min assist.
Conte kept his summer signings on the bench, but introduced Richarlison, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma in the second 45.
‘The game wasn’t a friendly game. It was a real game,’ said Conte. ‘Rangers are in front of us in terms of fitness, but we played with good intensity, pressure and quality.
‘We created a lot of chances to score. ’
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