Harry Kane has dropped a major hint he will quit Tottenham in the summer transfer window, insisting there is a "conversation to be had" with Spurs.
Harry Kane has dropped a major hint he will quit Tottenham in the summer transfer window, insisting there is a “conversation to be had” with Spurs. Manchester City and Manchester United are seen as the most viable destinations for the England captain, who would be unlikely to leave the north Londoners for their rivals Chelsea, though he is expected to cost around £150million at least.
And it’s thought Kane is keen to move on at the end of the season amid Spurs’ struggles, with the club having not won a trophy since 2008 and having failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
He has not communicated those feelings to the club but has suggested that he plans to sit down with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy before the summer transfer window opens to make it clear he has ambitions to leave.
Kane, who has 22 goals and 13 assists in 34 league matches this term, looked emotional after the full-time whistle of Spurs’ Premier League loss to Aston Villa on Wednesday night as he walked around the pitch clapping supporters in the stands on his own.
And the Three Lions international admits he wants to be succeeding on the biggest possible stages, including notably the Champions League, which Spurs will not be involved in until at least the 2022-23 season.
He told Gary Neville on Sky Sports’ The Overlap: “I think so [this is a crossroads moment in my career]. I think it’s definitely a conversation to be had with the club.
“Yeah, like you say, I want to be playing in the biggest games. The biggest moments. Like, this season I’m there watching the Champions League, watching the English teams in there doing amazing. They are the games that I want to be involved in.
“I want to be in them games. So for sure, it’s a moment in my career where I have to kind of reflect and see where I’m at and have a good, honest conversation with the chairman. I hope that we can have that conversation.
“I’m sure that he’ll want to set out the plan of where he sees it but ultimately it’s going to be down to me and how I feel and what’s going to be the best for me and my career this moment in time.”
Kane has yet to win a trophy at club or international level but the 27-year-old insists he has no plans to retire until he has achieved his goals, which include lifting silverware.
And winning the biggest trophies appears far more likely with Champions League finalists and Premier League champions City or United, who play in the Europa League final next week, than it does with struggling Spurs, who have yet to name a permanent replacement for the sacked Jose Mourinho yet.
“For me it is, I don’t want to have come to the end of my career and have any regrets,” Kane continued to United legend Neville.
“So, I want to be the best that I can be. I’ve said before, I’d never say that I’d stay at Spurs for the rest of my career. I’d never say that I would leave Spurs.
“I’m at that stage where you could say, you know. People might look at it as ‘He’s desperate for trophies, he needs trophies’.
“I still feel like I’ve still got almost another career to play. I’ve got another seven or eight years. Kind of what I’ve had so far in the Premier League.
“So I’m not, I’m not rushing anything. I’m not going to, erm, I’m not desperate to do anything, but yeah, I just want to be the best version of me.
“I feel like for sure I’ve got so much more to give. I feel like I can be even better than what I’ve been. I can produce better numbers than what I’m producing at the moment. I feel like I can.”
Kane insists he has ambitions to match the level of Barcelona icon Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, long one of the best players in the world across spells with United, Real Madrid and Juve.
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“I’m not afraid to say that I want to be the best. I’m not afraid to say I want to try get on the level that Ronaldo and Messi got to,” he declared.
“You know, that’s my ultimate goal. That’s my aim, to be winning trophies season in, season out. Scoring 50, 60, 70 goals season in, season out.
“That’s the standard I want to set myself because I feel like if I give myself anything lower then I might get to the end of my career and be like ‘Actually, I could’ve maybe done a little bit more, I could’ve scored a few more goals’.
“So, that’s my drive. The pressure for myself is always bigger than what anyone else can put on me. Like I said, I feel like I’ve almost got another career to go and achieve what I want to achieve.”
Interim Spurs boss Ryan Mason meanwhile sought to shut down suggestions Kane’s solo lap of honour was a goodbye to the club’s fans: “It’s normal.
“If anyone has been at the last home game of the season while Harry Kane has played at this football club, he has been pretty consistent in going around the pitch, clapping the fans and getting a good reaction.
“Nothing has changed this season to home games in previous seasons, it’s normal.”
Spurs’ final match of the season sees them take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Sunday (4pm). As it stands, they will qualify for the Europa Conference League.