Tottenham star Harry Kane wants talks with chairman Daniel Levy after admitting he is considering his future with the club.
Reports emerged in England this week that Kane was considering a move away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after the club’s deeply disappointing season.
Spurs are seventh in the Premier League after Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Aston Villa and could find themselves without European football next season should they lose to Leicester City on the final day.
Tottenham were Champions League finalists two years ago under Mauricio Pochettino but will spend another season out of the competition in 2021-22, while they again failed to win a trophy this term, losing the EFL Cup final to Manchester City in April.
Their poor performances have been in spite of Kane’s best efforts. The England striker is joint-top of the league’s golden boot standings with 22, level with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, and has provided a league-high 13 assists.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been credited with an interest in Kane and the 27-year-old has now confirmed he is questioning whether Spurs can match his ambitions.
56% – Harry Kane (22 goals & 13 assists) has been involved in 56% of Tottenham’s Premier League goals this season (35/63). Of the 2659 players to feature in Europe’s top five leagues this season, Kane has been involved in the highest percentage of his team’s goals. Indispensable. pic.twitter.com/S5LHckIDW5
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After agreeing he had reached a “crossroads” in his career, Kane told former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville on The Overlap: “I think there’s definitely a conversation to be had with the club. I want to be playing in the biggest games, biggest moments.
“This season, I’m watching the Champions League, the English teams in there doing amazing and they’re the games I want to be involved in.
“It’s a moment in my career where I have to reflect and see where I’m at and have a good, honest conversation with the chairman. I hope we can have that conversation.
“I’m sure he’ll want to set out the plan of where he sees it but, ultimately, it’s going to be down to me, how I feel and what’s going to be the best for me in my career.
“He’s always rewarded me with contracts. He’s been fair with me, never just held me to a contract, so we’ve always had a good relationship.
“I don’t know how that conversation is going to go, to be honest. He might want to sell me! He might be thinking, ‘If I get 100million for you, why not?’. I’m not going to be worth that for the next two, three years.
“I’ve been there 16 years of my life, so I hope we can have a good, honest conversation.”
Kane has lost three finals with Spurs, who were Premier League runners-up in 2016-17, but he has yet to win a trophy with the club he joined back in 2004.
While he admits “it’s hard to hear” suggestions Spurs too often lose their nerve in big games, Kane does not wish to look back on a career of near misses.
“We’ve been so close and things could’ve been a lot different, but I understand we haven’t got over the line as a club,” he said. “We haven’t won things, we haven’t been dominant when you could say we’ve had the best team we’ve had for a very long time.
“For sure, you hear those comments and they eat at you a little bit inside. They almost get you going a little bit, trying to prove people wrong, and that’s been my whole career in all aspects, really, getting called a one-season wonder and all stuff like that.
“When you hear stuff about your club, it’s never easy. I know what it’s like working day in, day out with the players, working hard in training, in the gym to try and win trophies. It hasn’t happened but it doesn’t mean we’re not working as hard as everyone else.
30 – Harry Kane has scored against each of the 30 teams that he’s played against in the Premier League, making him the only player in the competition’s history to score against every team he’s faced (min. two opponents). Unwavering. pic.twitter.com/0hMhWApLJz
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“There have been some amazing moments, some amazing years for the club, so there are some positives there, but my profession is about winning. I want to win.
“I don’t want to come to the end of my career and have regrets. I want to be the best I can be. I’d never say I’d stay at Spurs for the rest of my career; I’d never say I’d leave Spurs.
“People might look at it and say, ‘He’s desperate for trophies’. I still feel I’ve got almost another career to play. I’m not rushing anything; I’m not desperate to do anything.
“I feel like I can be even better, produce better numbers than I’m producing at the moment. I’m not afraid to say I want to be the best, to try to get on the level [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi got to. That’s my aim: winning trophies, scoring 50, 60, 70 goals season in, season out. That’s the standard I want to set myself.”
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