Harry Kane believes there are few more attractive clubs in the world right now than Tottenham.
Spurs bid a dream farewell to White Hart Lane after 118 years on Sunday, with the 2-1 win against Manchester United seeing them end the season unbeaten on home soil and rubber stamp second spot in the Premier League.
Finishing runners-up represents Tottenham’s best league finish since 1963, with the progress and promise of Mauricio Pochettino’s side matched by that off the field as their new stadium takes shape.
However, such positivity is tempered by speculation about the vultures circling overhead.
Many of their key players have been attracting admiring glances, yet Kane is unmoved by such talk given Spurs’ trajectory makes them as attractive as almost anyone.
“We’re a family on and off the pitch,” Tottenham’s last goalscorer at White Hart Lane said.
“We work so hard as a group and the staff, the manager and, look, there’s not many better teams to be at around the world at the moment.
“We’ve got a very bright future, a great squad, a team that’s hungry to win and to learn and to get better.
“Of course there’s going to be rumours over the summer, but I think I’d be very surprised if most of us ain’t still here next season.”
That bond has been clear throughout the season, with the Lane finale only underlining the link that extends to fans and club greats.
Kane called beating United and subsequent farewell ceremony the “perfect send-off”, culminating with cherished moments with his girlfriend and their young child alongside team-mates and their families.
“Everyone just has a special connection here,” Kane said, having admitted to claiming a picture of him and Hugo Lloris from the dressing room.
“The club legends that have gone past and walked out today, and the team we have got now and the staff and the manager.
“It’s a special bond and I don’t think you always get that at clubs, that’s why we’ve got to hold onto that, make that motivate us to hopefully be out there next year at Wembley lifting a Premier League together.
“That’s got to be the next step, lifting the trophy and having celebrations like that but with a title or a cup.
“That’s got to be our aim and we’ve got to use this as motivation to get there.”
That motivation coupled with belief and no little talent makes Kane certain they will avoid Wembley strife next term.
Spurs have recently struggled at the stadium that will become their temporary home – a far cry from the tight pitch and intense atmosphere of White Hart Lane, where they dropped just four points in 2016-17.
“We’ve got to believe,” Kane said of the transition.
“I think we had 30-odd thousand throughout the whole season, we’re going to have 80-odd thousand next year so we’ve got to make that a fortress as well.
“We’ve got to get the fans behind us, we’ve got to keep the fans believing and, look, we have got to just believe in ourselves.
“We finished obviously third last season, second this year – we’ve got to try and take that next step and try and finish first.
“Everything is heading in the right direction, but we’ve got to go out there and do it.”
Talent is there along with confidence – and the White Hart Lane send-off gave the players a glimpse of the party that lies in wait if they win a trophy.
“Exactly, that’s got to be the next celebration,” Kane added.
“It was special out there today, but imagine what it would be like winning a Premier League, or winning an FA Cup or a Champions League or something?
“That’s got to be our next step. We’re young but we’re getting more experience year in, year out.
“We’ve just got to go and make it happen. We’ve got the team, we’ve got the belief, so next season hopefully it’s our year.”