Harry Kane leaving Tottenham this summer ‘might not even happen’, says Glenn Hoddle as legend warns wantaway striker ‘it will not be easy’
Tottenham legend Glen Hoddle has told talkSPORT Harry Kane will find it very difficult to leave Spurs this summer, and even believes he could end up staying at the club.
The striker signed off for the season by clinching a third Premier League Golden Boot in a 4-2 win over Leicester City in the final day of the campaign on Sunday.
And there is every chance it could have been his last match for his boyhood club, as it came at the end of a week of wild speculation over his future.
After news emerged that Kane had formerly asked the club to leave this summer, the England captain discussed his uncertain future in an open and honest interview with Gary Neville.
He even talked up Premier League champions Man City, who have been linked with a strong interest in the striker with Sergio Aguero set to leave.
White Hart Lane icon Hoddle says he would not blame Kane for wanting to leave Spurs. He did the same, after all, and he insists a player of Kane’s quality deserves to be winning the top trophies in football.
But he has warned the striker it will not be a straightforward road out of the club if he pushes for an exit this season.
And Hoddle believes, with three years left to run on the talisman’s Spurs contract, it might not even happen.
Speaking exclusively to Paul Coyte on talkSPORT 2’s Breakfast show, Hoddle said: “I’d love Harry to stay and if he goes I wouldn’t blame him,”
“But three years is still a long time in football, it’s not like he’s coming to the end of his contract or he’s only got a year left.
“Who knows he might still stay at Tottenham because of the circumstances. I know he wants to go, we all know that now, and I don’t blame him if he feels like a move will get him the success he wants.
“He’s been very loyal to Tottenham. The fans will all be gutted, like myself, but I don’t think they can blame him either.
“But in the back of my mind I’m thinking, you’ve still got a three-year contract and if Daniel Levy wants to sell him to get the money and send it on three players or whatever he needs to do, that’s one thing.
“But I’m thinking there’s a limited number of teams he can go to, and I don’t know whether he wants to go abroad or not.
“He’s 28 and it’s going to be limited what sort of clubs are going to pay that sort of money because it’s going to be a lot that Daniel Levy will want for him.
“So I don’t think it’s over and done with, I’ve got to say. A lot of things have got to fall into place for it to happen.
“But he’s made it known that he wants to go, and I do understand that, he wants to get success and it would have been lovely if it have been with Tottenham – to think two years ago we were in the Champions League final and now we haven’t qualified for Champions League or Europa League this year, everyone is scratching their heads really because it’s an opportunity that has been missed to build from that strong position we were in.
“That’s in the past, we can’t do anything about that now and we have to look forward, whether that’s with Harry or without him… the squad needs rebuilding and it’s a big task.
“Harry wants to look back on his career and think, ‘not only was I a great player, but I won things as well’.
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“Every player has a desire to win things and that’s what Harry wants to do and at the moment he sees that happening at another club and not Tottenham at this moment in time.
“It will be very difficult to turn Harry’s head from where he’s at at the moment, but it’s not as simple as that, he’s got three years left on his contract and it’s not easy, it will be difficult [for him to leave Tottenham].
“If someone comes in with the right money Daniel Levy wants, it’s going to happen and very quickly, but I don’t see it that way. I think this might take some time.”