Shearer backs Kane for Spurs stay

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Dom Le Roy

Supposed interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona in Harry Kane is “inevitable” but it does not mean the striker will leave the club , says ex-England captain Alan Shearer who was speaking on BBC Radio 5 live.

Kane surpassed Shearer’s record for Premier League goals in a calendar year with a hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Shearers former club Southampton and with his 56 goals in all competitions, including for England, make him the year’s top scorer in Europe.

“He would score goals wherever he was,” Shearer told BBC Radio 5 live.

Kane is inevitably being compared to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, and the striker has vowed to get even better in 2018

The article says Shearer was asked whether Kane will leave for one of the Spanish giants, and he told the station’s Breakfast programme: “I don’t think it’s inevitable. It’s inevitable they will come calling or come asking, because he’s that good a player and wouldn’t look out of place in either of those teams.”

Shearer of course joined hometown club Newcastle for a then world record £15m in 1996 after netting 31 times for Blackburn in the Premier League the previous season, he was top scorer at Euro 96.

The article adds that despite being the Premier League’s record scorer with 260 goals, Shearer did not win any trophies during his 10 years at Newcastle.He says he “knows more than most” what it will mean for Kane to be at Tottenham, with the London-born forward having progressed through the club’s youth system.

“If Tottenham wins trophies, it’s his club. That’s a big advantage for Tottenham,” added Shearer.
“When I played for Newcastle for 10 years I had offers before and during, but I wanted to stay at my club.

Shearer added “That could be a huge call if Tottenham in two or three years haven’t won a trophy and his form is still as good as it is – then he’ll have a big question to answer, because I’m sure the big boys will come calling.”

It goes on to say that before establishing himself at Tottenham, Kane spent time on loan with Leyton Orient, Millwall and Leicester, and had a spell at Norwich in the Premier League in which he failed to score and Shearer says that experience has played a part in the England international becoming the forward he is today.

“He’s had to do it the hard way. He’s had nothing on a plate for him, nothing easy,” said Shearer. “He’s had to go out and earn what he is getting the rewards for now.That’s part of what I admire about him – he’s down to earth, he doesn’t take anything for granted and he’s had to go scraping around the lower leagues to go on loan.”

Shearer says he valued Kane at £90m two years ago however the Match of the Day pundit says if he was to be sold now it would “be more than double that”.

However, he says Kane will “not be bullied” into a move should one of Europe’s elite now show an interest.”He seems a pretty confident individual,” he said. “He won’t be pushed around or bullied by anyone.He will do what he wants to do and what his family wants to do – he’s got to take that into consideration.”

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