Harry Kane has admitted that it was difficult for him to watch his England teammates win Premier League and Champions League titles when Tottenham Hotspur were struggling to compete for silverware.
Despite Spurs have come close to winning trophies on a handful of occasions over the last seven to eight years, Kane and his team-mates never quite managed to get over the line.
While the 30-year-old’s goal record is up there with the best in Premier League history, he still does not have any medals to show for his achievements so far.
That is almost certain to change at Bayern Munich, who are once again huge favourites to win the Bundesliga title and aim to challenge the likes of Manchester City for the Champions League this season.
Harry Kane failed to win a trophy at Spurs
When Kane was asked about the likes of Kyle Walker boasting of an array of medals having departed N17 for the Etihad, the striker told The Independent: “As a competitor, when the boys are playing the Champions League and I am just sitting at home watching it, I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a part of me that hurt.
“Of course, I want them to do well – Kyle and all those guys to win when they are in competitions I am not in – but a part of me wants to have those experiences. With the other players in the team having done that, I am not sure jealous is the right word, but it does motivate me to go on and try to push myself towards some of those trophies the guys have got.”
Some might have thought that Kane would not want to leave the Premier League this summer now that he is only 47 goals away from breaking Alan Shearer’s record.
However, the former Tottenham man insisted that Shearer’s goal record was never really something that influenced his thinking as he was always focused on winning team honours rather than individual accolades.
When asked about the Premier League goals record, he responded: “I think there was a lot of talk about it and the fact I was getting closer to it but I have never been anybody who has chased individual honours ahead of team awards.
“I have said before in interviews, ultimately it comes down to me to see how good I can be and I felt like I had to be playing Champions League football and competing for titles each year. Bayern Munich definitely gives me that.
“The record of course would be amazing and it might be amazing if one day I do end up breaking it. But it is not why I play football and my move shows that.”
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I suspect that one of Kane’s motivations for making the switch to Bayern was to disprove the social media discourse about him caring only about individual honours and to put an end to the constant disparaging comments that he receives from trolls about his lack of trophies.
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