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Kane: Tottenham 'family' will stick together next season


Tottenham Hostpur players will stay at the club next season as they are like a "family" and there are few teams better than the second-placed Premier League side, striker Harry Kane has said as he urged his side to win trophies next season.
Kane, who is Tottenham's leading scorer this season with 22 goals, scored the last goal at White Hart Lane on Sunday as Tottenham secured second position with a 2-1 win over sixth-placed Manchester United.
Multiple Tottenham stars, including Kane and midfielder Dele Alli, are targets for Europe's elite clubs, according to media reports, but Kane is confident that a majority of the club's players will stay.
"We're a family on and off the pitch," Kane told British media.
"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.
"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."
Tottenham finished third in the last campaign and second this season but have failed to win any trophies since winning the League Cup in 2008. Kane said that his team had the ability to win titles.
"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 ... " Kane added.
"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."
Tottenham travel to last year's champions Leicester City on Thursday and play their final game at already-relegated Hull City on May 21.

Cahill counts on past lessons to help Chelsea defend title


Chelsea need to learn from the mistakes of last season to be better prepared to defend their Premier League title in the coming campaign, centre back Gary Cahill has said.
Chelsea sealed a second league title in three seasons after beating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on Friday and followed that up with a 4-3 win over Watford on Monday, but Cahill is already looking ahead to the next challenge.
"Retaining the trophy next year has to be the goal," he told British media. "I really hope we have learned the lessons from what happened the last time we tried to do that."
Chelsea were crowned champions under Jose Mourinho in 2014-15 but endured a miserable defence of their title the following season, finishing 10th as 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester City emerged as surprise winners.
Leicester have also struggled following their unlikely success and are currently 11th in the table with two games to play.
"People talk about the hangover after success. Leicester felt a bit of that this season and we did last year," Cahill added. "The fact no one has done it for so long shows how very difficult it is to do."
Manchester United were the last team to successfully defend the league title, winning three in a row from 2006, while Chelsea notched consecutive wins in 2004 and 2005.
"History has proved it's very tough to win it back-to-back, but it has to be a target for us next year, 100 percent," Cahill said.
"But we have to be right for that. When you talk about winning it again, you look at the great players over the years who have won championships time and time again, it's like an addiction. You want to have this feeling again and again."

Smalling sees positive in Mourinho criticism


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's criticism of defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for their "cautious approach" towards recovery from injury reflects his desire to have them on the field, England international Smalling has said.
The defensive duo sustained respective knee and foot injuries while training with England in March and Mourinho criticised their mentality as they were unable to return for United's congested fixture list of nine games in April.
"You can take positives from it in that the manager wants you out on that pitch," Smalling told British media. "He wants you to represent him and be that fighter and warrior for him.
"Obviously with a knee injury there are certain protocols that need to happen. With the medical staff and with the coaches, we are pushing all the time.
"All throughout my injury we spoke about the process and when I would be back, so it is good that the manager wants you because ultimately he has got that decision of whether you play or not."
United are winless in their last four Premier League games, a run that has left them sixth in the table and Smalling said that the side's position called for improvement next season.
"It does eat away at you," Smalling said. "With where we are in the league now, it eats away at you that all those teams are above you and the points that you have dropped.
"We will learn a lot from this year to make sure that we don't get this same feeling again.
"Even with the EFL (League) Cup and the Europa League, we are far better than that position. We haven't shown that but next season we will definitely rectify that."
United travel to Southampton on Wednesday and host Crystal Palace in the final league game of the season on Sunday before heading to Stockholm to face Dutch side Ajax in the Europa League final on May 24.





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