Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane does not expect wholesale departures from the club despite finishing another encouraging campaign empty-handed. A number of Spurs players and manager Mauricio Pochettino have been linked with leaving the Premier League runners-up following a campaign which once again has ended without silverware.
Victory over Manchester United in the final game at White Hart Lane secured the north Londoners second place in the table, their highest top flight finish since 1963. Finishing the term empty-handed means the club have won one major trophy in the last 18 seasons and there are fears the current crop may fail to fulfil their potential.
Real Madrid have both been linked with moves for Kane and Alli, who have scored 49 goals in all competitions between them this season, while Pochettino is understood to be subject to interest from Inter Milan. The managerless Serie A giants are reportedly preparing to pay Tottenham £4.2m to bring the Argentine coach to the Italian city, in a deal worth £8.5m-a-year.
But Kane believes the unity of the current Tottenham squad means summer exits are unlikely. "We're a family on and off the pitch," he said, according to Sky Sports. "We work so hard as a group and the staff, the manager and, look, there are 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 aren't still here next season.
"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.
"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."
Despite Kane's hopes, Tottenham's transfer plans could be shaped by the imminent move into their new £800m stadium which could hinder their spending and ensure they have to offload players in order to balance the books. Arsenal suffered similar problems either side of moving to The Emirates Stadium and both Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy have confirmed operations will be affected.