Darren Bent has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have to win the Europa League this season if they are to convince Harry Kane to stay at the club.
Kane’s importance to the Tottenham side was demonstrated when the striker went off injured at half-time against Liverpool on Thursday as the home side looked toothless in attack after the interval.
The England captain will be a big miss for Jose Mourinho’s men if he is sidelined for a sustained period as he has not only been banging in the goals but has also been the side’s most creative outlet this season.
Bent believes that the 27-year-old is good enough to walk into any team in world football other than Bayern Munich.
The former Spurs striker told Friday’s Drivetime on talkSPORT: “The Europa League will buy them some time, it’s a European trophy at the end of the day.
“To say a League Cup will keep Harry Kane there for the immediate future… this guy has got to be playing in the Champions League.
“If he stays there, he will break Jimmy Greaves’ record, we know he’s going to do that.
“But is that enough? People always compare him and Alan Shearer. What people forget about is that Shearer had already won the Premier League [with Blackburn] before he went to Newcastle, so that’s already on his CV.
“Harry Kane hasn’t won anything, so he’s too good of a player to stay somewhere just to break records.
“Other than Bayern Munich, who have [Robert] Lewandowski, Harry Kane could walk into any other team in the world as a centre-forward.”
Tottenham have an opportunity to break their recent trophy drought when they take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final in April but Bent claimed that will not be enough to convince Kane to stay.
He added: “If they finish outside the top six this year, there would be cause for concern. He [Kane] would be looking to leave at the end of the season.
“But if they win the Europa League they’re in the Champions League, so I think he’d give it another year.”
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If we finish in the top four and win some form of silverware this season, then I believe Kane will stick around. However, if we fail to qualify for the Champions League once again, no one can blame the striker if he pushed for a move in the summer.
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