Harry Kane, the 28-year-old Spurs striker, and England captain, has confirmed that he will be staying at Tottenham Hotspur this summer. In a statement, he said that he is 100% focused on helping Spurs to achieve success this season.
The news ends months of speculation over Kane signing for Manchester City following what he believed was a gentleman’s agreement with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. However, Levy was totally unenthusiastic about entering into negotiations for any transfer, and he set a figure of £200 million on any potential deal, which was always going to be a high target for any potential buyer.
For his part, Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, has announced he will be leaving the club in 2023.
Levy certainly did not relish the idea of Kane playing for any other EPL team. While he might have been tempted if European clubs such as Barcelona, Paris St Germain, and Real Madrid had been made offers, it was not to be.
But as it turns out, he can now look forward to the pleasure of keeping Kane at Tottenham and not having him score goals them. It was always Levy’s intention.
Having recently returned late to training after a break following the Euro 2020 competition, it looked as though Kane was trying to force the issue. However, he played a cameo role in his first game of the season last Sunday when he came on as a substitute in Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It must have been a joyful occasion for Tottenham’s new manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, not only to see the wantaway striker taking part and contributing in a useful away win, but a win against his former employers too.
On hearing the news of Kane’s decision to now be focused on Tottenham Hotspur season ahead, Santo said that it was fantastic news that saw an end to weeks of uncertainty. He put it succinctly when he said, “It’s now finished; Harry is going to remain with us.”
The inclusion of the word “summer” in Kane’s statement may have raised an eyebrow or two with thoughts of the January transfer window ahead and what might happen then. Nuno’s response, when faced with the concern, was to say that he was not worried at all and would be taking the situation day by day.
The news is great for Spurs’ fans. Even before the statement was issued, when Kane took the field against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, he was greeted with rapturous applause by the away Tottenham supporters, who chanted, “He’s one of our own.”
Their joy is well justified. Harry Kane is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world of football today and is considered to be one of the deadliest strikers in Europe. He has three English Premier League Golden Boots to his name, including the one for last season, plus he was awarded the FIFA World Cup, Golden Boot, in the 2018 tournament.
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