When news of Harry Kane’s latest comments about his Tottenham future got through to Daniel Levy’s office on Sunday, it is unlikely there would have been a sharp breath.
“I’m completely focused on working in the field from now until the end of the summer and then we’ll see where we’re going,” said Kane. Hardly a confession he wants to leave, but it wasn’t an unambiguous commitment statement either.
Therein lies the problem – the uncertainty. Kane’s reluctance to kill, talk of a move from North London, speaks volumes. It’s no secret that the 27-year-old wants to win trophies: titles and Champions Leagues.
Harry Kane’s Tottenham future has once again been questioned after his latest comments
Harry Kane’s reluctance to kill talk of a move from North London speaks volumes
Would he be drawn to a move that would give him the chance to compete at the top? Of course. That won’t surprise anyone with Spurs connections.
It’s not that Kane wants to leave desperately. It’s that he desperately wants to win. That is a cause for concern since Spurs lost to Liverpool in the 2019 Champions League final. That’s a concern with Spurs taking 23 points over Premier League leaders Manchester City. He is at a stage where he can no longer buy into long-term projects.
Spurs will take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final next month, an opportunity for Kane to finally win his first trophy. But it is unlikely that would be enough to appease the England captain, one of the best players in the world.
And who can blame him? It would be a devastating blow to miss Champions League football for the second consecutive season. When asked if another season outside of that elite league could affect Kane to stay at the top of his game, his English manager Gareth Southgate skillfully dodged the question.
Tottenham is adamant that it isn’t. And there are indications that Kane will not lose his lead due to the absence of Champions League football.
He is a player who is driven not only by the team collective, but also by achieving his own personal goals. His all-round performance has reached a new level this season – his 23 goals and 17 assists prove the point. He is the complete striker.
It’s no secret that the 27-year-old wants to win trophies: titles and Champions Leagues
But even if his own game didn’t go down and he kept setting new personal goals, he couldn’t keep it going forever.
If Kane is wondering if he can live up to his lofty ambitions in the club where he is being glorified, the answer seems simple.
Still, Kane has been with Spurs long enough to know that nothing is easy when it comes to Levy and the transfer market. There is great interest from Europe’s elite clubs: Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
However, sources claim the Tottenham chairman will refuse to nurture interest from domestic rivals – a stance that halves Kane’s options in one fell swoop.
Sources claim the Tottenham chairman will refuse to harbor interest from domestic rivals
Even then, the club are so reluctant to leave that they are expected to set an asking price of £ 150m – a fee that Real, Juve and PSG would want given the financial implications Covid is causing.
While Kane doesn’t rely on speed and his ability to reinvent his game should mean that he has another five years at its peak, the rise of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé is also affecting his future. At 20 and 22 years, respectively, they offer longer life and resale value.
With three years left on Kane’s contract, Levy can be in charge. If he agreed to sell, you can be confident it would be on his terms: full asking price, no players in return – cold hard money. Meeting those requirements is much easier said than done in the current climate.
Kane is a player who is driven not only by team collective, but also by achieving his own personal goals
There is a sense at Spurs that the summer of 2022, when he enters the last two years of his contract, may be when they will finally say goodbye. Whether a knock on Levy’s door at the end of this season will change that attitude remains to be seen.
But even if Kane made his feelings clear, he wouldn’t let the tools down – he’s too professional and respectful of a club he clearly has an emotional connection with.
In many ways, Kane has fallen victim to his own success. He would improve any team. But those services come at a price – a particularly steep one when Levy calls the tune.
Micah Richards and Chris Sutton’s England XI
On Saturday Sportsmail we asked our columnists Micah Richards and Chris Sutton to choose their team for England’s opening game against Croatia, in light of Gareth Southgate saying he knows his XI.
Needless to say, the duo disagreed. We asked you for your thoughts on their choices. And if it was a boxing match, Chris should have thrown in the towel by now and Micah would be holding the belt up.
Marauding Micah got 77 percent of the vote with his offensive 4-3-3, putting Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling on the pitch.
Cautious Chris was a letdown with his two midfielders and three central halves.