Gary Neville has urged Tottenham Hotspur not to sell Harry Kane this summer and build a team around him instead, even if it means losing him for nothing the following year.
Kane has cemented his status as a legend at Tottenham this year, having broken Jimmy Greaves’ record as the all-time leading goalscorer in the club’s history (GOAL).
The 29-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic campaign on an individual level this season, too, scoring 27 goals in all competitions for Spurs (Transfermarkt).
It’s been a dismal season for the club as a whole, however, with off-the-field issues and poor results leaving Spurs at risk of missing out on European football next season.
It has also been yet another season without silverware, which could impact Kane’s future at Tottenham.
Kane is thought to be wanted by Manchester United and reports suggest the Red Devils will try to sign the striker in an £80 million deal this summer (Daily Star).
The England captain has just over a year left on his current contract.
However, Neville has claimed the club should not let Kane go yet. In his commentary on Sky Sports (Sunday 30/04/23, 4:30 pm) Neville suggested Spurs cannot afford to lose their star man this year, even if it means losing him for nothing when his contract expires.
He said: “When you think about this season for Spurs, and how it’s going to end, I don’t think Tottenham can let Harry Kane go in the summer.
“They are going to have to let him wind down his contract. They will need to build around him next season with a new manager.
“If he leaves in the summer, and a new manager comes in, will he really want to take the job if he’s a big name without Kane there?
“They may just have to swallow the fact that they’re not going to get a fee for him or try to encourage him to stay during that season.
“The new manager that comes in is going to want to keep the pair of Kane and Son Heung-min together.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I don’t ever want Kane to leave, but in a strange way, I do think I would rather us get this final year out of him and then let him walk away than see the club actively sell him.
He is simply irreplaceable, so the longer we can keep him, the better, even if that means losing out on a transfer fee.
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