Tottenham are reportedly ‘furious’ at the timing of Harry Kane’s admission that he wants to leave the club, and have now released their first statement in the aftermath of the bombshell which has rocked English football, writes the Daily Mail.
On Monday it emerged that Kane had told the north London club he wishes to be sold in the summer, and wants his future resolved as quickly as possible.
Talk of a mass bidding war soon sparked, with each of Manchester City, United and Chelsea all linked.
Spurs however are understood to be livid given the timing comes in the final week of the season when a European-placed finish is yet to be achieved.
‘Our focus is on finishing the season as strongly as possible. That’s what everyone should be focused on,’ said the club in a brief statement, as report the Evening Standard.
The latter part of the statement is telling, with many fans already picking up the inference that Spurs believe their most important player should only be focusing on the two remaining games, against Aston Villa and Leicester.
Hierarchy at Spurs are also reported to be annoyed at the manner in which things will now play out, given that young interim manager Ryan Mason will now have to face the big questions in the vital last week of the campaign.
While Mason is preparing the side to host Villa before concluding the campaign with a trip to the King Power stadium, he is set to be peppered with queries about whether Spurs are willing to part with their prized asset.
Spurs need results in their final two matches in order to nail down a Europa League finish. Mathematically they have not been ruled out of the running for the Champions League, but would require Liverpool and Chelsea to lose their remaining matches.
Kane, who will turn 28 in July, remains contracted to the club until the summer of 2024, after signing a lucrative six-year deal in 2018 to become the club’s highest earner.
Previous reports have suggested that Kane has a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with club chairman Daniel Levy, though the 59-year-old is known in the football world as a notoriously tough negotiator.
Spurs are understood to value Kane around the £150million mark, and would look to drive up the price further still in light of heavy interest.
While both Manchester clubs and Chelsea have been linked from the Premier League, Kane is also said to be wanted by French giants Paris Saint Germain, which would set up a reunion with his former manager Mauricio Pochettino.