Antonio Conte hails 'incredible' Tottenham player before north London derby
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Antonio Conte hails 'incredible' Tottenham player before north London derby

Antonio Conte has talked up Harry Kane as he closes in on Tottenham’s all-time scoring record set by Jimmy Greaves.

Conte has faced the media ahead of playing Arsenal in tomorrow’s north London derby and was asked about England captain Kane.

Kane is just two goals away from overtaking Greaves and there would be no better stage on which to do that than against their bitterest rivals.

Conte said Kane is on the verge of an incredible achievement but was also at pains to praise the striker’s human qualities too.

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Conte on Kane as he closes in on Spurs record

He said: “You know very well much better than me the importance of Harry for us, for Tottenham but also for the national team because with the club and national team he has great numbers.

“We are talking about a world class striker and for sure he is going to beat every record. I think he deserves this but I want to always underline the other aspect, the human aspect of Harry.

“We are not only talking about a world class striker but also a really good man, a really good person and for us he is an important point of reference.

“I am sure that he is going to beat this record and he is doing something incredible. At the same time we try to help him and if he scores, he helps us! This is important to have this exchange of favours.”

You would not want to count against Kane equalling or breaking the record against Arsenal and there would be no sweeter time for him to do it.

He has 14 goals from 18 games against the Gunners and always seems to turn up in those games when it absolutely matters most.

Perhaps the record is playing on his mind, and perhaps not, but it is only a matter of time before the Spurs and England goal records are his.

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