Harry Kane unwilling to commit to Spurs beyond end of season

Harry Kane of England looks on during the England Training Session. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Harry Kane of England looks on during the England Training Session. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /

Harry Kane has refused to offer direct comment regarding his Tottenham Hotspur future beyond the conclusion of this season.

The England skipper is currently with the national team and has addressed the media ahead of the Three Lions’ friendly against Switzerland on Saturday evening.

England are set to compete in the Qatar 2022 World Cup in November this year after going unbeaten during the qualifiers to finish top of Group I, Kane finishing equal top scorer (12) across the entirety of qualification.

Under club manager Antonio Conte, Kane has reignited his form, totalling nine goal involvements in his previous seven Premier League outings.

The 28-year-old’s output has risen in parallel to his side’s fortunes, with the Lily Whites evidently unsettled by their talisman’s outward desire to ply his trade elsewhere at the top of the campaign.

Kane’s initial inclination was seemingly echoed by title holders Manchester City who offered to quench his longstanding thirst for trophies.

Such were the North-West club’s intentions, a £100m bid was reportedly tabled with a host of players also offered as makeweights, but for higher-ups at Spurs to decline.

Asked about whether his club future needed to be decided before he could focus on his international endeavours, as quoted by The Mirror, Kane responded:

"“My main focus is finishing this season, I can’t control what’s going to happen in the future, I want to be going into that tournament in the best form possible.”"

Where do Spurs stand on this?

The debacle between Spurs and Kane ran on throughout the summer and generated confusion among the footballing world.

While Kane protested a gentleman’s agreement had been struck between himself and Daniel Levy to allow him to leave if a bid deemed acceptable came in, the latter failed to oblige.

The Spurs chairman appeared to play on a technicality within the agreement that an offer from a club abroad would be greeted with more consideration than one from a Premier League club.

Levy, who’s the longest standing chairman in the top flight for a reason, is understandably protecting his club’s best interests and the situation highlighted the risk attached to signing a long-term deal without a release clause.

England teammate Jack Grealish saw fit to do so and was rewarded with a move away from his boyhood club as a result.

Will Harry Kane leave?

The contract in question was signed in the summer of 2018, committing to a six-year extension supposedly keeping Kane at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium until 2025.

Therefore, the ball very much remains in his current side’s court, and they can continue to demand a substantial transfer fee in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Perhaps the key aspect is Kane’s age. As each year passes, his value cascades, and in effect sees the likelihood of Levy accepting diminish.

In addition, the number of potential suitors in respect of financially and Kane’s desire to stay in the Premier League runs thin.

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In essence, his future depends on the length in which his admirers wish to go in order to acquire his services.