Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has drawn parallels with his own experiences at Tottenham and what Harry Kane is currently going through and claimed that the striker’s head is not in the right place.
Kane’s future has been subject to speculation over the last month or so, with reports indicating that Manchester United are the front-runners for his signature (Daily Mail).
However, more recently, multiple reports have suggested that Spurs have no intention of selling Kane (talkSPORT and Football.London) while it has also been suggested that United are not in a position to afford the England captain this summer and are instead prioritising other targets (Sky Sports).
Berbatov believes that the rumours about a switch to United would have already got into Kane’s head and suggested that the striker will be thinking about leaving Tottenham in order to win trophies.
He discussed his own decision to swap White Hart Lane for Old Trafford in the summer of 2008 and suggested that Kane follow his path.
Speaking to the BBC’s Football Daily Podcast (as relayed by Goal), the Bulgarian said: “The final step for me was joining Manchester United and I knew I would be making people disappointed – especially Tottenham fans – but I was following my own path.
“I knew if I missed that chance another one might not come. This is how it is in football. Sometimes you need to make tough decisions.
“The same situation is happening with Harry Kane at the moment, the exact same. He’s in the same situation as I was in as he has started asking questions and maybe his head is not in the right place.
“My head was not in the right place. It was the same with [Christian] Eriksen. He wasn’t really there in the last couple of games. I watched the games and I saw that his head was not there.
“Kane is in the same situation. If there is any truth in the rumours, it’s in his head, 100 per cent. The lack of trophies is the main problem for players like Kane.
“He’s not getting any younger. He wants to look back and know he won trophies. When I see Spurs play United now, even if on paper Spurs have better players, they still go there with fear.”
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Kane’s mentality is not the same as Berbatov’s and he has never displayed a lack of commitment on the pitch irrespective of the rumours floating around. In addition, Manchester United are not the force they were in 2008 while Spurs have improved considerably.
It would make little sense for Kane to swap North London for Old Trafford right now as it would not really improve his chances of competing for major honours. If he does eventually leave, it will be to a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus.
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