Tottenham talisman Harry Kane has suggested publicly for the first time that he wants to leave the club after revealing his desire to discuss his future with chairman Daniel Levy, writes the Metro.
The England skipper has reportedly informed the club that he wants them to listen to offers for him this summer, though he stopped short of handing in an official transfer request.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all interested in Kane, with the 27-year-old said to be particularly keen on a move to the Etihad. And, while Kane did not explicitly confirm that he wants to leave his boyhood club, he intimated his long-term future lies elsewhere during a wide-ranging interview with Gary Neville in which he admitted he wants to play Champions League football.
Asked if his career was at a crossroads, Kane said: ‘I think so. I think it’s definitely a conversation to be had with the club,’ he said. ‘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.’
Levy is well known for being one of the shrewdest operators in world football and he’s desperate to keep Kane, nevermind allowing him to join a Premier League rival. Spurs value Kane at around £150m, which would make him the third most expensive player in football history.
However, there is talk of a gentleman’s agreement between the pair that would allow Kane to leave for the right price as a reward for his commitment to the club and the striker says he has a good relationship with Levy.
‘He’s been great with me if I’m totally honest .I mean, he’s always rewarded me with contracts. Like obviously I signed maybe a 4 or 5-year deal when I was 21 but I’ve done well so he’s added to that. He’s been great with me,’ said Kane. ‘He’s been fair with me. He’s never kind of just held me on to a contract and said ‘No, I’ve paid you that. You’re going to stay on that’.
‘So, we’ve always had a good relationship, but yeah, I’m not sure how that conversation will go if I’m honest, but you know what it’s like as players you don’t know what the chairman is thinking. ‘I don’t know, I mean he might want to sell me. He might be thinking ‘If I could get 100 million for you, then why not?’ ‘Do you know what I mean? I’m not going to be worth that for the next 2 or 3 years.’
Any deal for Kane would break the British transfer record, which currently belongs to Paul Pogba after his £89m return to Manchester United in 2016. Kane believes he could be sold for around £100m but Neville suggested it could be twice that, to which the striker was unsure. ‘I hope we have a good enough relationship,’ Kane said of his relationship with Levy, who hold the key to any potential deal.
‘I’ve given the club…well, I’ve been there 16, 16 years of my life. So, I hope that we can have a good honest conversation and see where we are at in that aspect. ‘For me it is, I don’t want to have come to the end of my career and have any regrets.