Ex-Tottenham striker Les Ferdinand says his former club must match the ambitions of Harry Kane if they are to keep the striker beyond the end of this season.
The England international has been heavily linked with a move away from Spurs after what has been a disappointing campaign for the North London club, with Manchester United and Real Madrid both thought to be interested.
Kane himself has admitted that he won’t stay with Jose Mourinho’s side “for the sake of it”, insisting that he would leave if he felt the team was going backwards.
And Ferdinand, who scored 37 goals in 131 appearances during his time at White Hart Lane between 1997 and 2003, says that if Spurs don’t start winning some silverware soon, then they must accept that Kane will seek out a move elsewhere.
In an interview with Stats Perform, cited on Goal, Ferdinand said: “As a fan, I don’t want Harry to go anywhere. I want him to stay at Tottenham and end his career at Tottenham, but we have to be realistic.
“Players now earn the sort of money that life shouldn’t be a problem for them when they finish playing. So they get to a stage where they achieve that goal and they say: ‘Right, okay’.
“But then there’s a situation where when you finish your career, the biggest thing for me now is looking back at my career and saying: ‘Yes, I did okay, but what have I got to show for it? Where are the medals?’ And that’s what you want.
“Every single player is the same. If Tottenham can match Harry’s ambitions to want him to win most things, then he’ll stay at Tottenham for as long as they can match those ambitions.
“If he feels like they can’t, and they won’t, then that’s the time I think Harry will say, ‘Look, I want to go and win things’. I don’t think people would deny him that opportunity.
“Let’s hope that Tottenham can get to a stage where they’re in a position to do that, because like I said, no one wants to see him leave but I certainly would understand the situation.”
Kane has reached two cup finals with Tottenham, the League Cup final in 2015 and the Champions League final in 2019, losing both to Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.
The 26-year-old has picked up a number of individual awards, including a World Cup ‘Golden Boot’ after scoring six goals in the 2018 tournament, but will no doubt want to experience team success on top of his personal success.