The Daily Mail say the club will smash through the notorious wage ceiling to give themselves the best chance of keeping record-breaking striker Harry Kane.
The article says Real Madrid are already lining up a move for Kane, and Daniel Levy well aware of the growing interest.Kane has become one of the most valuable players in world football but the article adds that his relatively low wage of £110,000-per-week does not reflect his growing standing in the game.
However it does say that the clubs hierarchy are set to revisit Kane’s contract at the end of the season with a view to offering him a fourth pay increase since August 2014.
The article adds that currently Kane is the club’s top earner and his bonuses are particularly lucrative and given his prolific goal record and oue emergence as a Premier League force, the article says the striker’s salary will have been significantly topped up with further payments.
It goes on to say that Levy has a history of rewarding his best players with regular pay rises provided they keep performing with Gareth Bale’s contract being improved on a yearly basis before he joined Real Madrid for a then world record fee of £85.3million.
However the article points to the fact that Kane is thought to have a far greater emotional attachment to Tottenham than Bale had.
After his remarkable 2017 Kane is planning to mark his momentous year with a special photograph featuring his eight hat-trick balls.
‘At the minute, they’re all stored away in bags,’ said Kane. ‘I still haven’t got anywhere to display them. I’ll have to talk to my missus and get a room for them somewhere. I’ll have to get them out before the end of the year and have a picture with them. That will be a good one.
He added: “It’s just been a great year, with the birth of my daughter as well. It’s been amazing, and hopefully 2018 will be even better.’
It then refers to the Spurs crowd who saluted their hero at Wembley by singing: ‘He’s just a one-season wonder.’ It was of course ironic reference to those rival fans who were quick to write off Kane following his breakthrough season in 2014-15 and the article says it is something the 24-year-old still uses for inspiration.
‘It’s a funny song for the home fans to sing,’ said Kane. ‘It’s something that’s always in the back of my mind. When people doubt me I’ve always wanted to prove them wrong. That’s my mindset and it’s been in me since a young age. Hopefully I can keep doing it for nine or 10 seasons in a row.’
The article adds that if Kane continues at the rate he’s going he will continue to rewrite the record books. His treble against Southampton eased him past Robbie Keane into Tottenham’s all-time top 10. He has 123 goals in pursuit of top-scorer Jimmy Greaves on 266.
It concludes by saying Kane could break into the top five by the end of the season but his aim for the new year is to bring silverware to Spurs. ‘I’ve always said team trophies are what I want to achieve,’ said Kane. ‘We’ve got the FA Cup and in the Champions League we’ve shown we can beat the best. We’ve just got to see how far we can go in that.In the Premier League, we’ve got to fight for the top four and see how high we can get. There’s still a lot to play for. It’s about winning trophies, that’s always the aim.’
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