Harry Kane’s future ‘doesn’t depend on Champions League’ as Tottenham interim boss Ryan Mason fends off Manchester United transfer rumours

Tottenham interim boss Ryan Mason is hopeful Harry Kane will stay at Spurs even if the club fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Rumours about Kane’s future continue to swirl and the England captain, trophyless throughout his Spurs career, fanned the flames by reiterating his desperate quest for silverware earlier this week.

Mason talked about Kane’s future on Friday

Manchester United are among the clubs thought to be interested – and if Spurs fail to finish inside the top four this season, it could force Kane’s hand.

On the other hand, the 27-year-old has a legacy to protect at Tottenham, and could cement himself as the greatest goalscorer in their history if he stays.

Mason, in temporary charge following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, certainly hopes that will prove to be the case.

Another superb season for Kane will end without a trophy

When asked about whether top four is essential to keep the striker, he said: “I don’t think so. Harry Kane loves this football club. That’s been proven over the last seven or eight years. He’s one of the best strikers in the world.

“Everyone knows that, we know that and I’d like to think Harry knows that as well.

“The most important thing right now, and our attention right now, is this weekend. We can’t disrespect any opponent and we can’t be investing our energy into anything else.

Mason and Kane are close friends from the interim manager’s playing days

“That’s all I have to say on the matter. Our attention, Harry’s attention, the attention of this whole football club is on this Sunday.”

Mason and Kane are close friends off the pitch but the former Spurs midfielder insists he has not held counsel with the striker about his future.

“No, I’ve not spoken to Harry. Harry is a constant professional,” Mason added. “There haven’t been and there won’t be any conversations with me and him regarding anything apart from the training day or the match ahead.

“He’s one of the most professional guys I’ve ever met in my life so Harry Kane has been training excellently this week. He’ll be training excellently tomorrow, I know that, and he’ll be ready for the weekend.”