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Conte: Kane is one of the best

Harry Kane (Getty Images)
Harry Kane (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Antonio Conte has admitted that the one striker he truly covets is Tottenham frontman Harry Kane.

The Chelsea boss, who signed Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata for £58m, as Diego Costa's future at the club remains uncertain, revealed in no uncertain terms his admiration for the 23-year-old England striker.

Conte also spoke of his disappointment at missing out on the signature of Spurs right-back Kyle Walker, who signed for Manchester City for a whopping £50m.

After questioning Tottenham's title ambitions, Conte lauded the Premier League's top goalscorer for the past two seasons.

He said: "Tottenham is a really good squad if they are able to keep all the players.

"For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world.

"If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane. He is a complete striker. He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he's strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left.

"He's a complete player. He's one of the top strikers in the world. If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m."

Conte further explained that Chelsea wanted to sign Walker but weren't prepared to pay over the odds for the player.

"We tried to buy Walker. Honestly, I think now every single player is expensive. For you to even enquire about one player, he is expensive.

"You go to buy a right-back, a left-back or a central defender and he is expensive. It is very difficult in the transfer market for the teams that need to improve their squads."

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