Former Tottenham striker, Gary Lineker, has insisted that Harry Kane’s recent comments on his future in North London can be chalked down as an honest admission.
Kane revealed that, despite his love for Spurs, he would not hesitate to leave the club if itis no longer moving in the right direction (Instagram live interview with Jamie Redknapp – as relayed by Daily Mail).
Some Spurs fans have interpreted Harry Kane’s comments about potentially leaving North London as a clear message to chairman Daniel Levy to show more ambition.
Lineker insisted that the England captain will have no choice but to leave Spurs if the team isn’t competing for silverware in the near future.
Speaking to talkSPORT he said: “It’s understandable. He’s a top-class player; he’s one of the great strikers in world football and there’s bound to be a degree of frustration with the recent progress at Spurs.
“It’s not easy; we’ve seen it with Arsenal that when you build a new ground it can slow down your development and that’s possibly happening with Tottenham.
“He’s just being very honest, isn’t he. He’s saying that if they don’t go on to win things… because every player wants to win thing in their career – I didn’t win too much myself.
“But it would be unthinkable for a player of Harry Kane’s stature if he didn’t win anything in his entire career.
“You can’t criticise him too much for having that view; he’s been at the club for a long time and he’s been brilliant.
“And he might well stay there, they might possibly develop, but you’d say they’re four or five players short of certainly challenging for the title.”
The former Barcelona man also insisted that there would be no shortage of suitors for the 26-year-old if he was to leave in the summer.
When asked which club he could see Kane moving to, Lineker said: “I don’t think he’ll be short of options. Possibly abroad, but it depends on him though.
“There are a lot of players who feel a bit uncomfortable about going abroad. When I played for Barcelona, a number of players in those days used to go aboard, quite a few went to Italy, and generally, the ones who were successful wanted to go there for the whole experience, and the ones that weren’t so successful perhaps just went for a few quid.
“So you need to be the kind of person who wants to experience another county’s culture, etc. He needs to weigh it all up. There are obviously clubs in England that would have him.
“You look at Manchester City with Sergio Aguero, who is 32 now, and Manchester United desperately need a centre-forward.
“But then you look at Barcelona; Luis Suarez’s legs are going a little bit so they could be looking for a centre-forward, who knows.
“Even at Real Madrid, Karim Benzema is no spring chicken anymore. There will be one or two of the giants of world football that will be looking for a striker. Strikers are the most important thing in the game!”
Spurs Web Opinion
I believe it will mean a lot more to Kane to win one Premier League title with Spurs than two or three La Liga titles with a club like Real Madrid. If we show ambition and push for the title, I believe he is likely to stay in North London for the rest of his career. However, we need to convince him of our ambition by bringing top players in.
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