‘If he doesn’t leave Tottenham now, he never will’ – Danny Murphy on key Spurs player

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Dom Le Roy

Danny Murphy has warned Harry Kane that if he does not leave Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season in order to win trophies, he might regret the decision after retirement.

There has been plenty of speculation regarding Kane’s future over recent weeks, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain reported to be eyeing a move for the Tottenham star in the next transfer window.

The Telegraph have claimed that Spurs are unlikely to be tempted by any offer for the striker and are determined to hold on to him for at least another season.

However, Murphy believes that the next transfer window might be the last opportunity that Kane gets to make a big move, with the striker set to turn 28 in a few months.

The former Spurs midfielder wrote in his column for The Daily Mail: “It’s a huge summer for Harry Kane. ‘If he doesn’t leave Tottenham now, he never will.

“He’ll finish as the club’s record goal-scorer and have a statue built outside the stadium if he stays but at the expense of winning the trophies his talent deserves.

“I’m sure he’s thinking about it every day because time isn’t on his side. Right now, he is among the best three strikers in the world and would improve any team.

“But he turns 28 this summer, with younger models Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe becoming increasingly attractive to the elite clubs every year.

“Kane clearly loves Spurs and wanted to give Jose Mourinho every chance this season. But they are miles off challenging for a Premier League title or Champions League so now it’s decision time.

“Does he want to be like Thierry Henry, who left Arsenal for Barcelona and won the Champions League?

“Or Jamie Vardy, who stayed at Leicester when he was coveted by other clubs and could have won more silverware but will be remembered as the Foxes’ greatest player?

“One thing looks clear. From this summer onwards, future offers will be harder to come by. So I do think he should twist rather than stick.”

Murphy urged Kane to snub a move to Manchester United in favour of a move to City, insisting that the striker will score a lot of goals and win the biggest trophies at the Etihad Stadium.

He added: “Kane’s situation is complicated by having another world-class centre-forward in the marketplace in Haaland, while Mbappe, the hottest property of the lot, might want to sample life outside Paris Saint-Germain at some stage.

“Picking the right club would also be vital for Kane, who doesn’t have the luxury of helping to build a long-term project.

“For example, Manchester United would be improved by signing the England captain and could afford his transfer fee and wages but, for Kane, is it worth leaving Spurs without that guarantee of immediate success?

“United might still be a year or two away from winning the big trophies which makes me think Manchester City looks a better fit.

“City are blowing everyone away at the moment but Pep Guardiola is too shrewd to want to go into next season relying on Gabriel Jesus or a ‘false nine’ now it’s clear Sergio Aguero is playing fewer games.

“A fortnight ago, Kane fed on scraps at the Etihad as City hammered Spurs 3-0. He must have wondered how many goals he’d score in a Pep team and how many medals he would win.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Every footballer dreams of winning big trophies and Kane could be tempted to push for a move if Spurs do not look like they are going to challenge. However, this notion that player who win trophies will be remembered more fondly than those who achieve legendry status at one club, is complete hogwash. 

If Kane leaves Spurs and wins a Premier League title at City or a La Liga title at Real Madrid, he will hardly be remembered at those clubs given the great teams they have had over the years. On the other hand, Kane has an opportunity to go down in Tottenham’s folklore if he finishes his career at Spurs.

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