Old boy admits Tottenham star’s ‘understandable’ exit a ‘crushing blow’

Date published: Tuesday 13th April 2021 11:56 - Neil Foster

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Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle feels Harry Kane is in control of his football destiny but admits there are limited opportunities for a move way.

Kane, 27, has been on the Spurs books since 2009. And, bar a few loan stints, played all his football for the north Londoners. But rumours have been growing this season that the England captain is keen to try his luck elsewhere. Both Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked, while there is also interest from Spain.

Real Madrid were thought to be keen while Barcelona’s name has also been mentioned in connection with the striker. Kane is under contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium until the summer of 2024.

Chairman Daniel Levy insists the Walthamstow-born ace will not be sold. Hoddle found himself in a similar situation with Tottenham.

Back in 1987, he left Spurs to join French club Monaco after making 377 league appearances. The 63-year-old therefore understands the lure of a switch of clubs and feels Kane holds all the aces.

“I don’t think anyone would blame Harry if he moved now, if he said he wanted to win silverware elsewhere and the right offer was there,” he said on his latest podcast. “I think he is the one who will make that decision and Spurs will have to get the best deal they can. But it would be a crushing blow.

“Losing a quality player like Kane would be a setback to any club. I do not know whether it is in Tottenham’s hands.”

Limited suitors for Kane

Spurs are said to value their talisman at around £150m. That fee would preclude all but the very richest clubs from doing a deal.

City’s name is one that keep reoccurring when speaking of Kane’s future but they have eyes on another target. Pep Guardiola is said to want Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.

And that could seriously narrow Kane’s chances of securing a transfer this summer.

“There are only a few clubs able to afford him, that’s his problem. There could be a little game of chess,” added Hoddle. “If Erling Haaland goes to Manchester City that blocks that, if Kylian Mbappe goes to Real Madrid, maybe there is an opening at Paris Saint-Germain.

“I would not like to see him go to PSG to be honest. I’d prefer him to stay – but I would not blame him if he did look elsewhere.”

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