Antonio Conte insists he is “happy” to have Harry Kane, who is “totally involved” in his “project” at Tottenham.
The striker looked set to leave Spurs in the summer after hankering for a move to Manchester City, hinting at his desire during a high-profile interview with Gary Neville and turning up to pre-season training late.
Chairman Daniel Levy stood firm and, after City did not come to the table with an offer that even needed contemplating, Kane, who is under contract until 2024, was forced to stay at the club.
The hangover of that saga went on for some time and it is only under Conte, who replaced Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach in November, that the England captain has come to life this season.
Kane has spoken of his motivation at playing for Conte and hopes the former Italy boss can be the man to help him win the silverware he craves.
And Conte, whose side visit his former club Chelsea in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday, has found a player willing to give it his all.
“First of all, we are talking about a really good person and a really good man,” he said. “And I think this is the most important thing.
“Because I knew the situation in the summer and, when Harry decided to stay in Tottenham, I found a player totally involved in this project now.
“I am happy to have him in my team because for sure we are talking about the top player, a top striker in the world, and if we want to win or if we want to think to build something to win, Harry must be a point of start.
“This is normal and he knows very well my opinion, but I repeat I’m very happy to work with him and I think that he has enjoyed the time, what we are building with the team and that is all.”
The Italian head coach added: “He wants to give 100 per cent in every game and I am totally satisfied with his commitment and the relationship that we have created within the team.
“He is a point of reference in the dressing room and an experienced player. I am totally enthusiastic about his involvement in the team and the Tottenham project.”