Arsene Wenger has claimed that Harry Kane does not necessarily need to leave Tottenham Hotspur to fulfil his career ambitions.
Roy Keane insisted on Sunday that the 27-year-old has to seek a move away this summer if he wants to win the biggest trophies in the game.
However, Wenger insisted that Tottenham are in a position to be competitive and that it is not fair to judge the club based on their current predicament.
“Tottenham was top of the league in December. There were a few times when they were top of the league when I was still at Arsenal.
“He is the only one who can assess the situation. A player like that is always solicited by other clubs and always has to assess his situation.
“He was until now a real top leader at Tottenham. He’s a top leader in the English national team. I respect highly his commitment and his quality.”
Keane also criticised Kane during ITV’s coverage of England’s win over Albania for dropping too deep, with the former Man Utd captain insisting that the Spurs star needed to stay in and around the box.
Wenger disagreed with that assessment as well, opining that Kane has the passing range and vision to play as a number ten.
He said: “What I like today is he could play basically as a Number 10 because the quality of his assists and the speed of his vision and the execution of his speed on long balls is exceptional.”
Kane was in the Arsenal academy when he was nine before joining the Tottenham set up two years later and Wenger admitted that he wishes the England captain had stayed with the Gunners.
Regarding the striker’s decision to swap Arsenal for Spurs, the Frenchman added: “That’s where he made the wrong decision! I know about his story, but he was very young, just nine years old and his father moved.
“I don’t know exactly what happened, but it was at a very young age.
“The history of every club is full of players you’ve missed that became top stars. Unfortunately…I would like them all to be in the red and white.”
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Kane clearly loves Spurs and I believe he will stay at the club for the rest of his career if we are competing for major honours. However, he is also very driven and ambitious and so it is up to the club to convince the 27-year-old that they can be competitive over the next few years.
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