William Gallas Exclusive: Kane Won't Stay
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William Gallas Exclusive: Kane Won't Stay

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender William Gallas thinks Harry Kane will leave the club at the end of the season – and insists the squad needs to be improved in every department. Kane was the subject of a big-money bid from Manchester City in the summer, but Spurs held firm and kept hold of their star striker. New Spurs head coach Antonio Conte has been vocal about requiring reinforcements, and Gallas is in agreement that the Italian’s squad needs an overhaul.


Spurs Need To Improve

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “Tottenham need to improve every part of the squad. 

“They need at least one top-class defender, midfielder and another striker because I don’t think Harry Kane will stay at Tottenham beyond this season. 

“I’m sure Antonio Conte will bring the players he thinks he needs to compete for the Premier League next season. 

“If he has money, I’m sure he will spend it in the right way and bring in the players he needs to play his preferred system.

Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli Must Go

Gallas was also critical of Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli, suggesting the pair “have to leave” his old club if they are to fulfil their potential.

Ndombele arrived from Lyon in the summer of 2019 after a successful season in his native France, but has not hit those same heights since making the move to North London.

Alli’s career has also stagnated of late, with his failure to score a Premier League goal and limited playing time last season representing a low point in the midfielder’s time at Tottenham.

“Tanguy Ndombele, obviously a guy that played for Lyon and had a big move that hasn’t worked out for him,” Gallas continued.

“This is a typical example of a player who has failed. He is an example of a player who performed brilliantly for one or two seasons in France and obviously has a lot of quality, but in a Tottenham shirt, he hasn’t shown what he can do. He hasn’t been consistent. 

“Players like Ndombele and Dele Alli have to prove that it isn’t luck. Anyone can have a good game; a good season; you have to do it season after season. You have to have higher expectations as a player and you never stop working hard. 

“That’s why, unfortunately, Dele Alli is on the bench. Maybe he was not mentally strong enough to put in the hard work.

“Sometimes it’s difficult for young players to understand how they can go from being a star to sitting on the bench. 

“Sometimes they don’t know how to react. It’s a huge shame that they can’t realise their obvious quality. 

“Maybe they have to leave to fulfil their potential, but it will depend on what they want. Some players prefer the easy option.”

Hugo Lloris Must Stay

One player Gallas wants to see remain at Spurs is club captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

“Antonio Conte has spoken about this already,” he explained. “He said he would like to keep him. 

“Hugo has played for Tottenham for almost 10 years. And for 10 years he has shown his quality. 

“He’s 35 years old. I’m sure that conversations are happening between him and the club to discuss what is the best solution for everyone.  

“Whether he stays or goes, Hugo has shown he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. If he stays, will be the number one or the number two, that is always the question.”

Conte Needs Time

Gallas also backed Conte to help Tottenham close the gap between themselves and the title-chasing trio of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea – if given the chance.

“[Conte] needs time,” he said. “Don’t forget that he was appointed in November. What he has achieved in two months is really impressive and Tottenham look like a totally different team.

“If you forget about the Chelsea defeat, Tottenham have looked a lot stronger. With time, the players will begin to understand his demands. 

“They will understand what he wants and how he wants them to play. He is a classic Italian manager; everything starts at the back. That is very important for him. 

“He wants the defence to be strong as this will give his attacking players the platform to make the difference.

“He will work his players hard. Training will be intense and at a very high level. Given time, next season you will see a completely different Tottenham.” 




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