Antonio Conte: Harry Kane deserves to win trophies – he has become a more complete player

Antonio Conte: Harry Kane deserves to win trophies – he needed change
Antonio Conte and Harry Kane failed to win a trophy together at Tottenham - PA/Adam Davy

Harry Kane deserves to win trophies at Bayern Munich, according to his former Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte.

Conte managed Kane during his 16-month spell in charge at Tottenham and believes the striker has become even better in Germany.

England captain Kane, who has netted 28 goals already for Bayern, has set a host of personal records, but is yet to win a team trophy for club or country.

“No doubt about his capacity to score,” Conte told Telegraph Sport in an exclusive interview. “We’re talking about a player who is amazing. This opportunity to play for Bayern Munich made him better.

“I think he needed to go and to change, to find another club, another mentality, another situation. It was important for him. He deserves to win trophies and we are talking about one of the best strikers in the world. He is one of the best I’ve worked with, for sure. He’s a good guy and a good person too. He needed this new experience, another chance. Now he is a more complete player than before.”

Conte also had high praise for another of his former stars, Eden Hazard, who retired from playing this season.

Hazard recently admitted that he produced his best-ever performances under Conte at Chelsea, where the pair won the Premier League title together, despite also revealing he did not always enjoy the Italian’s tough training sessions.

“I think Hazard was one of the best players I ever had in my career as a coach,” said Conte. “When there is a lot of talent, you have to push a bit more than other players who have less talent. It’s important to give a direction. This direction is not simple if you want to win. If you want to enjoy, it’s totally different. But I enjoy to win.

“You know, as a coach, I like to give a road that we have to follow. Especially at the start, it’s not simple, it’s not easy for everybody - especially for players and people who are not used to stay focused, to stay strong, to play must-win games. It’s not simple. But once they arrive to follow this path, they start to get the benefits and then they take this situation.”

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